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Self Deception

Moses Kept a Diary?!

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.12.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Here is a translation from the recently discovered Diary of Moses, originally scratched onto sheep's skin by an steady and ornamental hand. The passage seems to suggest a moment of doubt in Moses, right before a theophany.

30 Ways to Be Passive Aggressive

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 11.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gary Trosclair

There's a lot of disdain for passive aggressive behavior, and the disdain only drives it deeper underground. Let's compassionately acknowledge that we're all capable of it, use curiosity to understand its source, and try to find better ways of owning our power and autonomy.

Self-Deception Is Killing Us: Why Self-Awareness Matters

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 10.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gary Trosclair

Officials or engineers at a large automaker convince themselves that it's OK to install software that cheats on vehicle emissions; shareholders lose t...

The Top 10 Signs You Might Be a Taker

Adam Grant | Posted 05.21.2014 | Business
Adam Grant

Evidence shows that we think we're superior to others in every domain: We believe we're smarter, more attractive, more likable, and more skilled at a wide range of tasks, from math to leadership. For a long time, I hoped these narcissistic tendencies wouldn't extend to the domain of giving and helping. I was wrong.

How To Make Yourself Happy (It's Not What You Think!)

Hippo Reads | Posted 02.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Hippo Reads

What does self-deception mean? As RadioLab's story suggests, self-deceivers are not only more successful, but often happier. Go figure.

Little White Lies: A Guide to Everyday Lying

Bradley Foster | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Bradley Foster

Being a self-confessed liar, I am interested in why we do it. I have always been interested in why people do what they do, and lying is one of those behaviors that are ever present, yet hidden in a dark corner, obscured from view.

How Self-Deception Can Be Psychologically Healthy

Douglas LaBier | Posted 04.04.2013 | TED Weekends
Douglas LaBier

Both research studies and clinical evidence from psychotherapy show that a strong belief or expectation about achieving a goal or overcoming a problem can have a powerful impact upon what actually happens in your life.

Can Believing In Luck Actually Make You Lucky?

Stuart Vyse | Posted 04.04.2013 | TED Weekends
Stuart Vyse

We have long known that lucky charms and superstitious rituals provide psychological comfort to those hoping to win the lottery, knock in a winning run, or get an A on a calculus exam, but now there is good evidence that our superstitions actually work -- not through magic but through psychology.

The Potent Power Of Asking 'What If..?'

Laura Kray | Posted 04.03.2013 | TED Weekends
Laura Kray

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoAre you ready to go down the rabbit hole of possibilities with your own life? Start with a moment from your past in which rapid, intense, and clear change occurred. Now, thoughtfully consider who you would be today if the turning point incident had never occurred.

Santa, Self-Deception, And The Survival Instinct

Laura Cococcia | Posted 02.04.2015 | TED Weekends
Laura Cococcia

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo"Self-deception" might seem like a fairly heavy-handed term to use in describing the average 5-year-old's belief in Santa Claus. So let's extend the metaphor, as Michael Shermer does, back to our ancestors.

The Evolutionary Need To Believe

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.03.2013 | TED Weekends
Art Markman, Ph.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoWe need to trust that the facts, concepts, and explanations that we get from the people around us are generally truthful. There is so much to learn, that when we are exposed to an idea our default is to believe that it is true.

Sex Science: 'The Best Part of 'Believe' Is the Lie" (Part 3)

Patricia Adair Gowaty | Posted 02.19.2013 | Science
Patricia Adair Gowaty

Why do we believe fictions in the face of facts? When do the scales fall from our eyes?

Congratulations, You're Mediocre — Now What to Do

Morten Albaek | Posted 02.18.2013 | Business
Morten Albaek

We tend to think of ourselves as more talented, knowledgeable, and indispensable than others. The danger of this inflated self-image is thinking we don't need to work harder than our competition.

Sex Science: 'The Best Part of 'Believe' Is the Lie' (Part 2)

Patricia Adair Gowaty | Posted 02.17.2013 | Science
Patricia Adair Gowaty

It is well-known that women have curious powers to reduce men to hysteria or violence. Less well-known is the power of promiscuous female flies to reduce scientists to apparently self-deceptive blindness to scientific facts.

Why You Should Start Lying... Now!

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 02.10.2013 | Science
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

For years, psychologists have known that a lot of us exaggerate our qualities. In my case, it's overestimating how young I look. But get this: A 2009 study found that students who exaggerated their grades and grade point average showed "greater achievement motivation and positive affect."

Sex Science: 'The Best Part of 'Believe' Is the Lie'

Patricia Adair Gowaty | Posted 02.09.2013 | Science
Patricia Adair Gowaty

In the dynamics of the sociology of science, there must be some payout for self-deceived true believers.

The Truth on Lying

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 08.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Traditional psychological theories have considered a close relationship with truth as an essential ingredient of mental health. We're no longer so sure.

Liars Who Believe Their Own Lies

Dan Ariely | Posted 08.18.2012 | Media
Dan Ariely

What do Williams Gehris, America's most decorated war hero, and Walter Williams, the last Civil War veteran to pass away, have in common? Both were frauds.

Of Bush's Iraq Delusion and Obama's Dilemma

Barton Kunstler, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barton Kunstler, Ph.D.

The longer President Obama avoids confronting the perverse legacy of the war, the more distorted our decisions and strategy will be.

Avoiding the Wrong Goals

Tom Morris | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

Self-deception is such a powerful force in our lives that we cannot guarantee, even if we do spot it in action, that we'll be able to resist its subtle lure.