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CLINICAL EDUCATION MEETINGS - Catfishing: The New Impostor

Date: Sep 19, 2017 10:00 am


TUESDAYS 10-11:30


Tuesday, September 19th, 2017


DANIELLE KNAFO, PH.D  presents     Catfishing: The New Impostor


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The Internet, with its facile anonymity and accessibility, makes it very easy for people to shed their skin and replace it with a virtual one—whether adopted from the real world or created from the imagination. This paper will analyze catfishing, a growing phenomenon that takes lying and deception to a new level. A “catfish” refers to a person who creates a fictional profile on social media and/or dating sites to lure someone into a relationship. I will describe a patient who introduced me to catfishing, as well as other examples of the occurrence, compare it to imposture, and discuss the dilemmas facing therapists who discover this behavior in their patients.


Danielle Knafo, Ph.D. is a professor in the clinical psychology doctoral program at LIU and a supervisor and faculty member at NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She has written and lectured extensively on the topics of psychoanalysis, creativity, gender, trauma, psychosis, and technology. Her most recent book (with Rocco Lo Bosco) is The Age of Perversion: Desire and Technology in Psychoanalysis and Culture.