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The Naked Truth is a blog intended to help us all live more fulfilling lives by confronting our self-deception. No sugar-coating. No coddling. Just the honest reflection of you standing naked in front of a mirror. You can read it here or on Psychology Today.

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Soon, Your Doctor Could Legally Lie to You

By Dr. Cortney S. Warren, PhD, ABPP | March 2, 2017

How Texas Lawmakers Are Justifying a Bill that would allow Doctors to Lie to Pregnant Women

It was a typical Monday morning. Bleary-eyed with coffee in hand, I opened a news app on my phone with the following headline: “Texas Lawmakers Advance Bill That Would Allow Doctors to Lie to Pregnant Women.” That can’t be right, I thought. No one would actually encourage lying in the medical community, right? I was wrong.

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Fighting the Holiday Urge to Splurge

By Dr. Cortney S. Warren, PhD, ABPP | December 14, 2016

Fighting the Holiday Urge to Splurge

Preparing for honest holiday eating and health-related behavior.

Most of us have a very hard time being honest with ourselves about our eating and health-related behavior. Especially during the holidays! It is a time of year when we make myriad excuses about why we don’t exercise, eat nutritious food, or cut back on unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking.

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Denial and Addiction

By Dr. Cortney S. Warren, PhD, ABPP | November 1, 2016

Denial and Addction

A look at how this toxic mix disrupts lives.

Has your recreational drug use morphed into addiction? This blog explains how to recognize the signs, end the denial, and get help for your substance abuse disorder.

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Watching Myself Die

By Dr. Cortney S. Warren, PhD, ABPP | September 11, 2016

Watching Myself Die

Why legal end-of-life options are essential to dying with autonomy and dignity.

Imagine that you were diagnosed with a terminal illness. Not only will it inevitably kill you, but you will suffer incredible pain as your body deteriorates to the point where you cannot function independently. There is no cure. There is very little treatment. Eventually, you will be unable to walk, talk, move, or even swallow without machines.

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The Lies Lovers Tell Survey

By Dr. Cortney S. Warren, PhD, ABPP | June 27, 2016

The Lies Lovers Tell Survey

A recent study uncovers how we lie to our lovers (and justify it to ourselves)

As a clinical psychologist deeply interested in lying and self-deception, the most common questions I get from readers are about romantic relationships. Questions like: How can I trust that my partner is being honest? Why am I attracted to people who aren’t healthy for me? How does lying and self-deception affect our relationships?

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Lying Vows

By Dr. Cortney S. Warren, PhD, ABPP | April 1, 2016

Lying Vows

Why the promises we make to our romantic partners often are not true.

You have just met the person of your dreams. You are swept off your feet—completely in love and excited to create a future together. Living on Cloud 9, you believe that you have found your one and only. It is the natural high of falling in love.

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Celebrating Children’s Lies

By Dr. Cortney S. Warren, PhD, ABPP | February 21, 2016

Celebrating Children’s Lies

Why lying is normal (and healthy!) for very young children.

As the mother of a 3-year-old daughter, I am increasingly exposed to the alarming (yet adorable) reality of early childhood lying. A couple of months ago, my husband came to me laughing. He was playing with our daughter and she wanted a treat. Knowing that he would ask her what I would say, she looked him square in the face and said: “Mommy said ‘yes’.” Then she paused, tilted her head slightly, pointed her index finger in the air, and said very seriously, “But don’t ask her!”

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Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016!

By Dr. Cortney S. Warren, PhD, ABPP | December 29, 2015

Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016!

Reflecting on 2015 can help propel you towards an amazing 2016.

New Year’s Eve, 2015. It is a time of great opportunity. A time to reflect on the last year: your choices; major life events; relationships; career; family; and health. It’s also a time to set goals for the year ahead. 2016, here we come!:

Now is a perfect time to get brutally honest with yourself: About where you have been; where you are now; and where you want to go.

Take 10 minutes today to sit and reflect on your life. Ask yourself the following questions:

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