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Shankar Vedantam On Why We Create Delusions

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Cory J. Mendenhall.
US Coast Guard Academy
In his new book, Shankar Vedantam outlines the many ways self-delusion can be an asset in our daily lives.

A common belief is that self-deception is a bad thing, but Shankar Vedantam points out it can be quite useful.

Whether going through a traumatic experience, raising a child, or worrying about the safety of a loved one, the NPR host argues that delusions can enhance our abilities to get through difficult times, and even live healthier lives. "While self-deception might not be seeing the world accurately, it might perform a functional role in our lives," according to Vedantam.

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