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The Power Of Self Deception: How We Fool Ourselves Can Be Both Harmful, Helpful

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<em>Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain,</em> by Shankar Vedantam and Bill Mesler
<em>Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain,</em> by Shankar Vedantam and Bill Mesler

In their new book "Useful Delusions," Shankar Vedantam and Bill Mesler present stories of self-deception, using psychology and neuroscience to explain how the lies we tell ourselves can actually have a positive impact.

These delusions can be big or small. You can lie to yourself about your identity, job, past, or even that your child is a prodigy.

What role does self-deception play in our success and well-being? What physical affect does indulging in fantasy have on us?

Can lying to ourselves actually change our lives for the better? Is there a right or wrong way to do it?

Guest: Shankar Vedantam, host of the podcast “Hidden Brain" and co-author of "Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain"

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*This interview was recorded on Thursday, April 1.