Protesting too much: Self-deception and self-signaling

Ryan McKay, Danica Mijovic-Prelec, Drazen Prelec

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von Hippel and Trivers propose that self-deception has evolved to facilitate the deception of others. However, they ignore the subjective moral costs of deception and the crucial issue of credibility in self-deceptive speech. A self-signaling interpretation can account for the ritualistic quality of some self-deceptive affirmations, and for the often-noted gap between what self-deceivers say and what they truly believe.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-35
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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