Honest liars — the psychology of self-deception: Cortney Warren at TEDxUNLV

Honest liars — the psychology of self-deception: Cortney Warren at TEDxUNLV

By providing content, resources, and connections, Dr. Cortney Warren’s goal is to support anyone who is brave enough to live a more conscious life. For when we are honest about who we really are, we have the opportunity to change.

For more information on Dr. Cortney Warren and her talk visit www.choosehonesty.com. Her book, Lies We Tell Ourselves: The Psychology of Self Deception, was written to supplement this talks and is available on Amazon and Nook.

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May 3, 2014 / 42 Comments / by / in
  • Despite being dis-interested at first due to her tone, I've found her talk enjoyable and worth noting. She's guiding us on how to talk to ourselves more in order to know the truth and act right and be responsible for our life. Same old idea from Socrates "know thyself". If you talk to yourself very often, you certainly have found these self-questionnaires very familiar.

  • Sadly, TEDx Talks are a vast chasm away from TED Talks.

  • jews are liars.

  • i don't believe in drinking and driving, but i do guzzle at red lights.

  • why write a will if you're not Secured Party Creditor?

  • This talk could have been interesting but her delivery is so irritating that I have to turn it off. Over the top, fake sounding, exaggerated theatrical type, .loud, too excited, too fakey passionate toned,…reminds me of very bad over acting. Her content is good and the writing is intelligent and would have been plenty convincing. The fact that she seems to use this noisy, over the top-super-enthusiasm to convince me, .left me unconvinced about the worth of giving my time to listening to all of it…way too irritating.

  • This is a neurotic woman.

  • When you are thinking RATIONAL thoughts, any thoughts … pause. Don't follow the thoughts. You are not your thoughts. Psychotherapy is the poor mans meditation? The meditator is their own psychotherapist. The psychotherapist is attempting to evoke mindfulness.

  • this may be my favorite ted talk ever.

  • Heck I must be one of the most honest people around because I'm totally honest with myself. As for other people I couldn't care less if I needed to or wanted to I'm as sweet as a nut with just how honest I am with myself ask me anything I'll tell you exactly what I'm thinking

  • Shatter all that shit, yo!

  • I hate the way she is talking but when I ask myself why, I don't know why. Agh, it's so infuriating, but I'd wish she just stop.

  • 🎡

  • i can tell that this woman fucks really hard and likes fucking a lot of different men

  • What an amazing speaker. Fantastic.

  • so i'm not the son of god?

  • This was Awesome!

  • Wowwww, so good! Rewatching immediately ::: applause :::

  • The elegansy personified in a woman.

  • This is by far my most favorite Ted talk.

  • More a talent for girls.

  • Honest liars ? . . . you mean like the women ?
    But a liar is still a liar no matter how they rationalize, logic, morals or justice just to start with.

  • Thank you for pointing out the psychology of the goyim who believe the jewish lies.

  • Excellent presentation. Thank you!

  • Bizarre ces américains….vraiment bizarre…toujours venir raconter leurs vies…

  • I'm going to make a real change in my life, it involves going to college, all about being able to support myself.

  • Are there some psychotherapists in the Reno NV area?

  • You lost me at feminism.

  • "Eat meat, fit in, not stand out at the dinner table"

  • A very clear, honest and direct addressing of part of our human condition, fears and self protective tendencies.

  • Anytime they show her profile, the change the shot…

  • I wanna marry this woman. What wouldn't I give to have a wife this transparent. I'd give both of my testicles to be frank.

  • A very interesting topic, and a painful experience to watch the talk.

  • Lying to yourself is NOT self-deception because you must know the truth first and that is not self-deception but denial. Not knowing the truth in the first place is NOT self-deception but, rather, ignorance. Avoiding or struggling to admit something or lying outright, Freudian defense mechanisms, cognitive distortions, irrational thinking, blaming others, our existential experiences of denial, meaninglessness, etc., is NOT self-deception either. When we lie to ourselves we must already know something and that is NOT deception but denial. I do enjoy your responsible way of admitting the need to stop such behaviors. Let's all take more responsibility. Bravo!

  • this was hard to hear hit home

  • I learned all this from church. How much did u pay for school? 😁

  • The problem with the people that I stay surrounded with , they all wanna replace faith with a psychologist. Bring me evolution where the thinking is pollution and they're swallowing 💊 the balance and they're drinking the solutions. 🍻

  • The real truth here is that not digesting a break up can be a real career motivator.

  • I love these Ted Talks

  • Brilliantly on point!

  • The oldest piece of wisdom – reflection – looking at your inner self, is good for you.

  • Yep, this is in my favorites now. I always liked to question my reasoning for enacting certain "well thought out plans". And now I dig deeper still…questioning my bevy of motives, as entangled and complex as they can be.

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