“The greatest deception men suffer from is their own opinion.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
Self-deception is a lie that one tells oneself. They justify to themselves the false beliefs they have about self. They fail to perceive their capacities through their experiences.
These people are aware they can do something, but intentionally make themselves believe in otherwise. Hence, they do not utilize this capacity to the fullest and expect exceptional results.
Example: They believe that they can be in a bad company and still remain unaffected.
Some can ‘believe’ that they are spiritual whereas they are on the wrong paths.
Why do people deceive themselves?
At times people are not satisfied with what they say or do. This forces them to make a strong belief in themselves which they start following.
There are some people who create a lot of confidence to do something they apparently cannot do and end up into trouble. This might be a lack of confidence that transformed into ‘over-confidence’ unconsciously.
They know that they are lying to themselves but they still don’t want to believe in themselves. Unaware of the fact that they are deceiving themselves, when someone else tries to reveal the truth to them, they tend to become aggressive.
It often happens that when a student has a lot of studies on head just before his exams, he prefers to sleep rather than study.
It is a psychological process wherein people have two contradictory beliefs. They believe that both are important but fall prey to the most convenient one, knowingly or unknowingly.
Some might use self deception in order to protect their ego. When they fail to do something, they might blame their luck and not their own fault.
It’s important to know your own self, your actual thoughts and motives. Self-deception is a temporary escape, but the real solution lies in acceptance; accepting oneself the exact way one is.
Neha Rathod is a Psychologist, specializing in Industrial and Clinical Psychology. She is a Graphologist and counselor at CPAG.
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