Are You Deceiving Yourself?

Denial, repression, rationalizing too much? We all do it in one form or another. Here’s what a few experts have to say about self-deception. Cover image: Artsem Martysiuk/Shutterstock

Big-Time Liars: Top 7 Lies They Tell Themselves

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D.
The road to deception is paved with self-deception

We Don't Repress Painful Childhood Memories

By Temma Ehrenfeld
Bits of hallucinations when we wake up during sleep paralysis can seem true.

Is the Fault in Our Stars? The Psychology of Belief in Fate

By Peg Streep
Why we think what we think about pivotal events

Love Without Friendship Doesn't Last Forever

By Suzanne Degges-White Ph.D.
Couples must connect as friends, or "happily ever after" won't happen.

You Don’t Have to Believe Your Thoughts

By Toni Bernhard J.D.
Learn to question the validity of the stressful stories you tell yourself.

Yes, You Have a Sixth Sense, and You Should Trust It

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D.
There are scientifically valid reasons to trust your feelings and intuitions.

Not Just Curious: What In You Seeks Psychological Insights?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D.
An insight into why we seek insights

Why Loneliness Hurts So Much

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D.
Affection matters to our mental, physical, and spiritual health

The Greatest Mind in Psychology That You Don't Know

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D.
Scientific research and wisdom from an underappreciated giant

Gods, Machines, & Monsters: Feminist Zeitgeist in Ex Machina

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT
What is the Turing Test, who passes it, and why?

Are You Giving Up on Love?

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D.
Every human being is, to some degree, intolerant of love.

Part II: Communication is Not about Techniques

By Steven Stosny, Ph.D.
How communication techniques can harm intimate relationships

Tattoos and Identity

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D.
Choose not a life of imitation

A Workover: Do I Need to Be Completely Honest on My Resume?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D.
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

Simplifying Heroin

By Theodore Dalrymple M.D.
How the National Institute on Drug Addiction Simplifies and Misleads