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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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The Naked Truth about Human Sex Trafficking

By Dr. Cortney S. Warren, PhD, ABPP | January 18, 2015

The Naked Truth about Human Sex Trafficking

I will never forget the first patient I treated who was the victim of sexual trauma and kidnapping. A 16-year-old immigrant who spoke limited English, the stories that she painstakingly recounted as we started the therapeutic process of recovery were so horrific that I would often leave the session in disbelief that humans were capable of such cruelty. How could someone do this to another human being, let alone a child?

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I Want Chocolate!

By Dr. Cortney S. Warren, PhD, ABPP | December 20, 2014

I Want Chocolate!

‘Tis the season of decadent chocolate desserts! Milk, dark, or white, chocolate dominates the top-ranking cookies, cakes, and recipes of the season. With its enticing smell and delectable melt-in-your-mouth taste, chocolate is enticing in smell, texture, and flavor.

If you are like most people, you feel an overwhelming desire to eat chocolate from time to time. In fact, chocolate is the most craved food in Western cultural contexts (1). In a study examining chocolate cravings in American and Spanish college students, for example, Osman and Sobal (2006) found that 91% of American women and 59% of American men report craving chocolate.

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Did I Really Just Tell You That?

By Dr. Cortney S. Warren, PhD, ABPP | November 24, 2014

Did I Really Just Tell You That?

Picture yourself meeting someone for the first time at a social event. You strike up a conversation. Before you can stop yourself, sensitive personal information seems to be spilling out of your mouth

“I really need a drink! It has been a terrible day. This morning…”
“I am going through a brutal break-up. I don’t trust anyone anymore.”
“I don’t usually eat like this… I really am trying to lose weight. But I ate well this morning, and the food is free, so I might as well enjoy.”
“I have chronic pain, which makes life really challenging. The doctors are at a loss about how to manage it. It started when…”

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Music Is What Feelings Sound Like

By Dr. Cortney S. Warren, PhD, ABPP | October 23, 2014

Most of us absolutely love music. We are compelled by it. We are provoked by it. We are moved by it. We are inspired by it. We feel connected to it. It reflects something profound about who we are and our experience…

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Do You Love Me? Did You Miss Me?

By Dr. Cortney S. Warren, PhD, ABPP | September 2, 2014

Picture yourself in a romantic relationship. You wake up one morning and are feeling down, which happens to all of us from time to time. You feel insecure, upset, or unsettled in some way. As a result, you yearn for comfort, understanding,…

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To Change or Not To Change

By Dr. Cortney S. Warren, PhD, ABPP | July 8, 2014

As humans, we typically hate change. We would rather stay the same than dive into the unknown. There is a feeling of safety in what is familiar; we are more comfortable in environments and relationships that we are used to than in those that require us to…

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How Do I Know When I Am Lying to Myself?

By Dr. Cortney S. Warren, PhD, ABPP | May 30, 2014

Humans are masters of self-deception. We fool ourselves into believing things that are false—and—we refuse to believe things that are true (TEDx Honest Liars: The Psychology of Self-Deception). In fact, we lie to ourselves about everything from why we like wearing designer clothing instead…

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Isla Vista: How Do People Become Mass Shooters?

By Dr. Cortney S. Warren, PhD, ABPP | May 27, 2014

Before his gun rampage on Friday in Santa Barbara, Eliot Rodgers wrote a 141-page manifesto about his difficulty making friends, his struggles dating, and his lack of self-confidence. Unfortunately, mass shooting sprees are not uncommon. From Adam Lanza in Newtown, Connecticut to…

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