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Lies We Tell Ourselves

The Psychology of Self-Deception
Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
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Humans are excellent liars. We don't like to think of ourselves as capable of lying; it hurts us too much to admit. So we lie to ourselves about that, too. As a clinical psychologist, I am regularly confronted with the brutal truth that we all lie. I am not talking about deliberate, bold-faced lying. No, this type of dishonesty is far harder to detect and admit. It is the kind of lying that comes from not being psychologically strong enough to be honest with ourselves about who we are. And I believe that it is our biggest obstacle to living a fulfilling life. I wrote this book for anyone interested in becoming more honest. In it, I present a range of self-deceptive examples couched in psychological theory to help us explore ourselves. Although it is a relatively short book intended to be read in about an hour-I hope that the content provokes deep thought. For only when are honest about who we really are do we have the opportunity to change.

©2014 Cortney S. Warren, Ph.D. (P)2014 Cortney S. Warren, Ph.D.

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Like an outline for the actual book

Would you try another book from Dr. Cortney S. Warren Ph.D. and/or Dr. Cortney S. Warren, Ph.D.?

This was really short. Some chapters were less than 5 minutes (one page) and while she said she'd be telling stories she didn't. Instead it was like listening to a summary for a book that has the stories. It needed to stay on topic longer and tell stories that made you feel the topic instead of jumping from topic to topic (a bit ADHD).

What was most disappointing about Dr. Cortney S. Warren Ph.D.’s story?

It had a lot of promise. Everything in this book is true but she doesn't stay on any part long enough. Many parts were listening to a list of things.

What three words best describe Dr. Cortney S. Warren, Ph.D.’s voice?

Easy to listen

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

Any additional comments?

This book is like the frosting on the cake that you wish you could eat. Please write a version that is organized into different areas of self denial and tell a story in each to make it hit home with the reader.

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  • Max
  • Russia
  • 08-06-18

More like a teaser

Liked it. Need more stories, if it works. Felt not enough. Some points was interesting

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  • CJ
  • SPLENDORA, TX
  • 10-17-17

Enjoyed every minute!

From all the examples it really makes you think and look inwards. I loved listening to this!

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  • Miss London
  • 12-06-18

Brutally Honest

I will keep this book for a lifetime of referencing and guidance.
I recommended it to many of my close friends before I had even completed it.
I was given so much insight and validation from this book. It has spurred me to continue on my path of self actualisation, and to accept therapy into my life
To Quote Dr Warren: 'Psychotherapy is the only relationship you will ever have in your entire life that aims to solely benefit you'

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-18

A good book

It’s a very good book for me to learn more about self-deception but the flip side is that much of the content is the same with the TED talk the author gave. Anyway, love this book!

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  • Moseen Khalid
  • 01-29-18

Choose Honesty!

life-changing read. Makes me want to look within and strive to better myself. Recommended read