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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.
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the act or an instance of deceiving oneself, esp as to the true nature of one's feelings or motives
ˌself-deˈceptive adj
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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
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[ˌselfdɪˈsepʃən] Nengaño m de sí mismo
this is mere self-deceptionesto es engañarse a sí mismo
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It seems like we're all self-deceptive idiots massaging the egos of fathers in an effort to get them to take care of their own children.
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So, over the course of our species' evolutionary history, ancestral humans have evolved cognitive processes--a suite of cognitive self-deceptive mechanisms--that "hide" or "dress up" aspects of ourselves and our behavior that might be considered socially questionable and which usually operate outside of our conscious awareness.
When he was reflecting, he could've had a self-deceptive image of himself as an innovative entrepreneur, when in fact, that's not who he is.
But accurate self-knowledge cannot avoid its narrative form, even though false and self-deceptive conceptions of "one's story" will inevitably also have a narrative structure.
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It would be self-deceptive for the stunned Brotherhood to play down the potent message sent by the protesters, who turned out to demand Morsi resign and hold early presidential elections.
Filmmakers and photographers, such Hosoe Eikoh, Daido Moriyama, Genpei Akasegawa, and others created works that were intended to shred the self-deceptive images of Japan presented by her own government and its oligarchy of corporate managers.
As readers familiar with The Scarlet Letter will recall, there is ample evidence in other works of Hawthorne's ongoing preoccupation with the damaging consequences of deceptive and self-deceptive strategies.
The article, "Increasing Effectiveness In Teaching Ethics to Undergraduate Business Students," highlights how to teach business students about rationalization as a self-deceptive process which goes along with unethical decision-making (Lampe, 1997).