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Self-Justification

  • By: Deborah Davis & Eliot Aronson
  • In: Encyclopedia of Deception
  • Edited by: Timothy R. Levine
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Interpersonal Communication, Moral Development

The most insidious form of deception is self-deception. When an individual deceives others (as in a political speech), that deception may temporarily affect the attitudes and behavior of the audience. But if the deceiver then needs to justify what he has ...

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