self-deceiving

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self-de·ceiv·ing

(sĕlf′dĭ-sē′vĭng)
adj.
Given to or believing or fancying mistaken notions about oneself.
References in classic literature ?
Such people are called self-deceivers, and are supposed to have had to go through some more or less elaborate process of concealing from themselves what would otherwise have been obvious.
Moreover, self-deceivers often have stronger motivations for their beliefs.
His novels, Childs notes, are "littered with self-deceivers from Graham Hendrick in Before She Met Me to Arthur Conan Doyle in Arthur & George" (106).
It's about ourselves as endlessly inventive self-deceivers, living on the credit of our oaths and vows.
While recognizing much to be guided by in the thought of Friedrich Nietzsche, whom McNeill regards as the "most penetrating critic of Socrates in the Western tradition," he nonetheless dissents from the Nietzschean characterization of Socrates as the cleverest of self-deceivers.
Self-deceivers have cultivated the habit and the outlook of self-deception.
Conrad's fiction is full of dreamers and self-deceivers.
Conversely, self-deceivers are unaware that the statement in which they believe is false and therefore are usually unable to reveal the truth.
Self-deceivers are so pervasive in the canonical texts of narrative fiction that the genre looks to be formally inextricable from the terms of their predicament: Don Quixote, Tristram Shandy, Emma Bovary, Stephen Dedalus, Conrad's Marlow, Ford's Dowell, Nabokov's Humbert Humbert, etc.
But at first glance, when they are no longer self-deceived self-deceivers seem to discover what they did not know before (the young woman self-deceivingly who choose a scientific career not moved by her own interest but in search of her parents' approval, later discovers her true inclination for fine arts).
Writing in the magazine Psychologist, Dr Myers said: "Repressors are, it seems, self-deceivers rather than impression managers.
The point of moral sentiments such as guilt, empathy and other emotional decision-making devices, Ridley claims, is to enable us to pick the right partner to play with, in an environment of good and poor self-deceivers.