Twisted self-deception

Philosophical Psychology 12 (2):117-137 (1999)

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Alfred Mele
Florida State University
Abstract
In instances of "twisted" self-deception, people deceive themselves into believing things that they do not want to be true. In this, twisted self-deception differs markedly from the "straight" variety that has dominated the philosophical and psychological literature on self-deception. Drawing partly upon empirical literature, I develop a trio of approaches to explaining twisted self-deception: a motivation-centered approach; an emotion-centered approach; and a hybrid approach featuring both motivation and emotion. My aim is to display our resources for exploring and explaining twisted self-deception and to show that promising approaches are consistent with a plausible position on straight self-deception
Keywords Empiricism  Psychology  Science  Self-deception
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DOI 10.1080/095150899105837
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