In an Era Dominated by Fake News and Lying, Dr. Cortney S. Warren Launches New Website

Lies, lies, lies. Claims of fake news and lying have dominated the media in 2017. In response, Dr. Cortney S. Warren launches the redesign of to provide the public with more relevant and easy-to-find information about how to be more honest with ourselves. details Dr. Warren’s program of research, keynote speaking, expert media appearances, and psychological services. “Humans are masters of self-deception. We don’t like to think of ourselves as liars; it hurts us too much to admit. So we lie to ourselves about that, too. Unless we actively Choose Honesty,” states Dr. Warren.

Dr. Warren’s TEDx talk,Honest Liars: The Psychology of Self-Deception” has introduced many non-academics to her work and has been watched by almost a million people. Based on her book, Lies We Tell Ourselves: The Psychology of Self-Deception, she argues that “we are master liars—not just to others, but to ourselves. Our pervasive self-deception serves an important function—it protects us from realities that we do not want to admit. But, over time, lying leaves us with tremendous regret.”

Why is self-deception and lying so important for us to understand and confront? Because we all lie to ourselves. It affects every human on this planet. And, Dr. Warren argues, “it is our biggest obstacle to living our ideal life because it keeps us stuck. It keeps us from growing. Because we can’t change something we can’t admit. And it affects every part of our lives. It affects our careers. Our relationships. Even our physical health. For when we believe lies without thinking critically about their validity, we behave in accordance with a dishonest reality and lose our authentic selves.”

Much of Dr. Warren’s recent work is on lying and self-deception because that is the foundation of so many of our struggles with growth and personal development. But self-deception is not her only area of expertise. In fact, Dr. Warren is an expert in eating disorders and body image, addictions, and the practice of psychotherapy from a cross-cultural perspective. Using honesty as a platform, she shows how self-deception can affect all unwanted and dysfunctional behavior. For example, how self-deception hurts our eating and body image; our romantic relationships; our drinking and drug use; and, our ability to process diversity-related issues like race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

Dr. Cortney Warren is not your typical psychologist, keynote speaker or media personality. Like the best motivational speakers, she is dynamic and provocative; delivers content tailored to her audience; and is an expert in her field. What makes her unique is that she is a licensed clinical psychologist and former tenured professor of Psychology. From this strong formal academic background, Dr. Warren uses core psychological principles to challenge us all to change.

In fact, in all of her work, Dr. Warren focuses very heavily on take-home tools to change. We can learn to see how we lie to others—and to ourselves. Dr. Warren uses the 3 A’s to Authenticity—Awareness, Assessment, and Action—to teach people to be more honest with themselves. As she says, “I’ll help you change. I will tell you the truth about how you keep yourself stuck and I will show you what it costs. You want better employees, you want more money, you want better relationships and a happier work environment. I can teach you how to get more of that for yourself.  But you have to be willing to look in the mirror.  It’s not going to be easy for you.  But the end result is going to be well worth your time,” states Dr. Warren.

In fact, the only thing people have complete control over in this entire world is themselves.

Visit to find links to:

  • Warren’s TEDx Talk: “Honest Liars: The Pyschology of Self-Deception”
  • Warren’s book, Lies We Tell Ourselves; The Psychology of Self-Deception
  • Naked Truth free blog posted on and Psychology Today
  • Information on how to book Dr. Warren as keynote speaker, break-out session facilitator, and consultant.
  • Testimonials from some of the most famous names is Psychology, including Drs. Philip Zimbardo (Professor Emeritus, Stanford University and originator of the Stanford Prison Study), William Cross (President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues; author, Shades of Blackness), and Michael Levine (Professor Emeritus, Kenyon College; pioneer in eating disorder and body image research).
  • Review a video of Dr. Warren’s work on YouTube.

A special thanks to Elizabeth Crane from Ranking Edge for the outstanding work on the website:

Dr. Cortney S. Warren, PhD, ABPP

Exposed to a diversity of cultures and lifestyles from an early age, Dr. Cortney was intrigued by the ways cultural and environmental conditions affected the psychological well-being of individuals, groups, and even whole societies.


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  1. richard brunson on June 5, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    “In fact, the only thing people have complete control over in this entire world is themselves.” This sentence near the end of your piece is , to my mind, incorrect. We have no real control over the things happening around us. We even believe that we are always the same person, but we are not. Luck is the decider. Are you familiar with Sam Harris. He has a couple of books, one on Lying, and on Free Will that might interest you. .

  2. Richard Brunson (not Branson) on September 6, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    “In fact, the only thing people have complete control over in this entire world is themselves.” I suppose we might think we have control, and we fear not being “in” control, but people are like willows in the wind. Our desire and need to be in control changes with age, has been my experience.
    I read your book some time ago, as well as, The Confidence Game by Maria Konnikova, neither really addressing the greatest scam of all, how people got conned into belief in the monotheistic God of sin, salvation and resurrection. GROG