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#354: The Surprising Upsides of Self-Deception | Shankar Vedantam

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9 Jun 2021

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#354: The Surprising Upsides of Self-Deception | Shankar Vedantam

9 Jun 2021

1hr 14mins

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"Our perception isn't reality, but how we perceive something changes how we respond. How we respond affects reality"

Ideas

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Even when deceptions are unmasked, many of us are unwilling to let go. The reason isn't because we're foolish, it's because those beliefs and delusions are often tied up with things that have become important to us.
To challenge those self deceptions, also means challenging the relationships we've built through those beliefs, as well as admitting that we were once deluded.

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Even when deceptions are unmasked, many of us are unwilling to let go. The reason isn't because we're foolish, it's because those beliefs and delusions are often tied up with things that have become important to us.
To challenge those self deceptions, also means challenging the relationships we've built through those beliefs, as well as admitting that we were once deluded.

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When we think about the delusions, we're often so focused on the content of the delusions, that we forget to ask the deeper psychological question of what purpose the delusion serves in the first place.
Understanding the function and purpose of a delusion, doesn't mean you need to agree with it.

Understanding delusions gives you tools to potentially dismantle dangerous delusions and embrace useful ones.

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When we think about the delusions, we're often so focused on the content of the delusions, that we forget to ask the deeper psychological question of what purpose the delusion serves in the first place.
Understanding the function and purpose of a delusion, doesn't mean you need to agree with it.

Understanding delusions gives you tools to potentially dismantle dangerous delusions and embrace useful ones.

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When we are in the grip of fear or terror, anxiety or loneliness, we're far more likely to reach for beliefs that allow us to cope.
The reason why we often become deluded is because there's an underlying grief or vulnerability that we're trying to find a deal to respond to.

When we're outside of that grief, if we don't share in that grief, it's easy to look down at people who believe in certain delusions.

And only when we're in those same situations ourselves, do we realise how easy it is to turn to such beliefs.

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When we are in the grip of fear or terror, anxiety or loneliness, we're far more likely to reach for beliefs that allow us to cope.
The reason why we often become deluded is because there's an underlying grief or vulnerability that we're trying to find a deal to respond to.

When we're outside of that grief, if we don't share in that grief, it's easy to look down at people who believe in certain delusions.

And only when we're in those same situations ourselves, do we realise how easy it is to turn to such beliefs.

Questions

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Can you think of a self delusion that is useful?

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Can you think of a self delusion that is useful?

What else is in the episode

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What it means to be mentally healthy, and how those with mental health issues might be the ones with a more accurate view of reality

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What it means to be mentally healthy, and how those with mental health issues might be the ones with a more accurate view of reality

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How not all self delusions are bad, and examples of both good and bad self delusions

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How not all self delusions are bad, and examples of both good and bad self delusions

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How self delusions are everywhere in life, many in places we don't even realise

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How self delusions are everywhere in life, many in places we don't even realise

Who is Shankar Vedantam?

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A journalist, writer, and science correspondent focused on human behavior and the social sciences. He is perhaps best known for his Hidden Brain family of products: book, podcast, and radio program.

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A journalist, writer, and science correspondent focused on human behavior and the social sciences. He is perhaps best known for his Hidden Brain family of products: book, podcast, and radio program.

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