from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of deceiving oneself or the state of being deceived by oneself.
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- n. The act of fooling oneself, of willfully not accepting the obvious.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Self-deceit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Deception concerning one's self; also, the act of deceiving one's self.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a misconception that is favorable to the person who holds it
Indeed, because there's no such thing as a unified self, just a collection of modules, the very phrase "self-deception" is misleading in the author's view.
I applaud the ease and convenience of that answer; too bad I lack the power of self-deception necessary to believe it.
Our data provide new perspectives on the role of communication in promoting economic efficiency in social environments, and support economic theories of decision incorporating psychological factors such as guilt, shame, and self-deception.
It starts off with a satirical learned encomium after the manner of the Greek satirist Lucian; it then takes a darker tone in a series of orations, as Folly praises self-deception and madness and moves to a satirical examination of pious but superstitious abuses of Catholic doctrine and corrupt practices in parts of the Roman Catholic Church — to which Erasmus was ever faithful — and the folly of pedants (including Erasmus himself).
Our capacity for self-deception can be breathtaking.
He's less interested in presenting his characters' spiraling self-deception— though he does that with uncanny insight—than in laying bare the terrible isolation that underlies all human relationships.
Strange bonds of trust and self-deception tend to grow between journalists and their subjects.
Research in psychology -- my academic field -- suggests that we possess a veritable toolbox of self-deception to help us cope with ego-threatening feedback.
He describes honestly, without self-deception and precisely how the dictatorship functioned and what it did with people.
Yet some part of our brain seems designed to act as an unconscious mind reader, picking up reality-based signals even as we up the ante in the escalating Olympics of deceit and self-deception.