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Revisiting Stigma: The Game of Appearances - Case Example

In the session from which the following excerpt is taken, Sam (patient) sees through his own act and the lengths he’d gone to present a certain façade, the “games” (as he referred to them) he played for desirability. He talks about where and how he learned to play these games, how he really felt inside and how difficult it is to not play them.

At the time of this dialogue, Sam had returned to treatment after a one year absence and having maintained sobriety for a year.

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