As a clinical psychologist, I am frequently asked a wide range of questions about the human condition: “How can I be happier? How can I have more successful relationships? What is my purpose in life? How can I help myself change?” At their core, most of these questions boil down to one central question: How can I live a more fulfilling life?
In my personal and professional life, I have come to believe that self-deception is our biggest obstacle to living a fulfilling life. We are, in fact, excellent liars because self-deception helps us avoid confronting realities that cause us the most psychological pain. In this way, it is actually a good survival strategy to manipulate the truth to be more consistent with what we can psychologically accept.
Despite the function of our self-deception, the lies we tell ourselves come with profound consequences to ourselves, our loved ones, and to our communities.
This book is intended to help us become more honest with ourselves so that we will live more fulfilling lives. In it, I present a range of examples couched in psychological theory in hopes that you will use them as a platform to explore yourself. 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 we acknowledge who we really are do we have the opportunity to change.
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