This talk discusses the meaning and importance of being honest, especially with oneself—why it matters, why it can be hard and how to make it a habit. Dr. Gorlin offers tools for introspecting the difference between reason and rationalizing, for staying selfishly committed to facts even when it hurts, and for correcting habits to the contrary. The talk draws on research and clinical experience, further clarified by Ayn Rand’s insights on the choice to focus.
Dr. Eugenia (Gena) Gorlin is a tenure-track Professor in the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program in the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. She received her B.S. in Psychology and Philosophy from Tufts University, her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia, and her clinical internship training from the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She completed two years of postdoctoral training at Boston University, where she conducted experimental and clinical intervention research in the Translational Research Program and provided psychotherapy to anxious and depressed adults at the renowned Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD). She is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and related approaches to the treatment of anxiety, depression, and various concerns tied to motivation and goal pursuit.