In the chapter "Learning to Live" in the book Tears of a Tiger, why do you think Andy starts lying to his psychologist?

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Andy wants everyone to think that he is handling his problems.  He is having bad dreams.  Rob comes to him in those dreams and tells him to join him in death.  He doesn't tell anyone.  He does take Monty's advice and sleeps with Rocketman. 

He is doing poorly in school.  He has lied to the coach about his grades and to his parents.  He knows that he won't get into a good college with just his basketball skills, but he just doesn't care.

When he goes to the psychologist, Andy is fed up with people telling him how to behave and then disappointing them.  He tells the psychologist that his grades are fine, and he isn't having bad dreams.  The psychologist is at fault here too because he should have checked on Andy through other avenues--his teachers, counselors, or parents.  He would have known that Andy was lying.  Andy just wants it all to stop.  He says,

"Do I hafta keep comin' here?  I ain't nuts.  I know what I'm doin'.  I got my act together." (pg 114)