What Kavanaugh Could Have Said That Would Have Been Honest


locked memory boxThe most serious lie, and it is one Kavanaugh is telling himself, is that he actually knows what went on that night.

One thing I learned as a psychotherapist is that we tend to believe the stories we tell ourselves about our past and who we are–and revising them can be tough work. I have found myself thinking about that often as #metoo accusations and denials have played out around us, and especially now, during the Kavanaugh hearings.

No question, Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been dishonest about the extent of his youthful drinking and the social culture that he embraced at the time. But in his adamant denial that he assaulted Christine Blasey Ford as a teen, he may well believe his own protestations of innocence. There is no reason to assume that if she is telling the truth (and for the record, I believe her), that he…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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