self-deception

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self-de·cep·tion

(sĕlf′dĭ-sĕp′shən)
n.
The act of deceiving oneself or the state of being deceived by oneself.

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

self-deception

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self-deceit

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

self′-decep′tion



n.
the act or fact of deceiving oneself. Also called self′-deceit′.
[1670–80]
self′-decep′tive, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.self-deception - a misconception that is favorable to the person who holds it
misconception - an incorrect conception
Translations

self-deception

[ˌselfdɪˈsepʃən] Nengaño m de sí mismo
this is mere self-deceptionesto es engañarse a sí mismo
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Moreover, it's easy to be unduly modest or self-deceptively positive.
The disconnection between reason and action, and the voiceover evidence that Michael has learned nothing and is self-deceptively fabricating information, suggest that the "reflective model" of action does not describe Michael's world of agency well.
Indeed they have often enough self-deceptively cloaked the carnage of religion in a haze of sacralized ideologies and social structures of violence.