In all human beings, but most markedly in those suffering from hysteria and certain forms of insanity, we find what are called "unconscious" desires, which are commonly regarded as showing self-deception
. Most psycho-analysts pay little attention to the analysis of desire, being interested in discovering by observation what it is that people desire, rather than in discovering what actually constitutes desire.
To such perseverance in wilful self-deception
Elizabeth would make no reply, and immediately and in silence withdrew, determined, that if he persisted in considering her repeated refusals as flattering encouragement, to apply to her father, whose negative might be uttered in such a manner as to be decisive, and whose behavior at least could not be mistaken for the affectation and coquetry of an elegant female.
Julie saw Boris' indecision, and sometimes the thought occurred to her that she was repulsive to him, but her feminine self-deception
immediately supplied her with consolation, and she told herself that he was only shy from love.
It's such rubbish, such lying, such self-deception
. What can a man write of justice who knows nothing of it?
Nor is the history of fanatics half so striking in respect to the measureless self-deception
of the fanatic himself, as his measureless power of deceiving and bedevilling so many others.
But next morning I perceived clearly enough that my curiosity regarding the Palace of Green Porcelain was a piece of self-deception
, to enable me to shirk, by another day, an experience I dreaded.
Ultimately, when stubborn historical facts had dispersed all intoxicating effects of self-deception
, this form of Socialism ended in a miserable fit of the blues.
In her anger against her own ineffectual self-deception
she found hate enough for them both.
Her mind, disposition, opinions, and habits wanted no half-concealment, no self-deception
on the present, no reliance on future improvement.
Might he be suffering from some huge self-deception
? Was it not possible that his nimble and speculative mind had built up this wild theory upon faulty premises?
Truth often finds its way to the mind close muffled in robes of sleep, and then speaks with uncompromising directness of matters in regard to which we practise an unconscious self-deception
during our waking moments.
And was not all secret revolutionary action based upon folly, self-deception
, and lies?