Confronting the Forces of Self-Deception

  • Frank Schalow
Part of the Contributions To Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 93)


This chapter examines what in popular terms is described as the problem of “co-dependency.” The tendency toward “denial” not only occurs on the side of the individual struggling with addiction, but also on the side of the companion (whether spouse, family member, friend, or colleague) who seeks to extend help. We will discover that these deceptive practices form a web entangling addict and enablers alike, so as to both mask the problem as a problem, on the one hand, and, on the other, foster a climate of co-dependency.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank Schalow
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of New OrleansNew OrleansUSA

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