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The act of deceiving oneself or the state of being deceived by oneself.

self′-de·cep′tive adj.
self′-de·cep′tive·ly adv.




the act or an instance of deceiving oneself, esp as to the true nature of one's feelings or motives
ˌself-deˈceptive adj


the act or fact of deceiving oneself. Also called self′-deceit′.
self′-decep′tive, adj.
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Noun1.self-deception - a misconception that is favorable to the person who holds it
misconception - an incorrect conception


[ˌselfdɪˈsepʃən] Nengaño m de sí mismo
this is mere self-deceptionesto es engañarse a sí mismo
References in classic literature ?
But the deeper the Freudians delve into the underground regions of instinct, the further they travel from anything resembling conscious desire, and the less possible it becomes to believe that only positive self-deception conceals from us that we really wish for things which are abhorrent to our explicit life.
The perfectly natural mistakes which thus arise constitute a large proportion of what is, mistakenly in part, called self-deception, and attributed by Freud to the "censor.
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.
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.
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?