Per Smith Self Deception Research Paper

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Per Smith self- deception is possible because human brain has been cobbled by natural selection to deal with environmental problems. So, he thinks that through evolution the brain acquired the capacity for self-deception. Self- deception is very common due to the facts that people do not want to face themselves or to be completely honest about their moral character. Often the truth about these matters is painful to most people so to bypass this human come up with self-deception mechanism. It is just a way for manipulating people and protecting self-image in certain situations. An example that Smith used for this is self-deception about war, in a war people changed the language so that it would make them feel better and hide from the brutality

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