Conscious thinking, acceptance, and self-deception

Frankish, Keith (2011). Conscious thinking, acceptance, and self-deception. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 34(1) pp. 20–21.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X10002554

Abstract

This commentary describes another variety of self-deception, highly relevant to von Hippel & Trivers’s (VH&T’s) project. Drawing on dual-process theories, I propose that conscious thinking is a voluntary activity motivated by metacognitive attitudes, and that our choice of reasoning strategies and premises may be biased by unconscious desires to self-deceive. Such biased reasoning could facilitate interpersonal deception, in line with VH&T’s view.

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