Shankar Vedantam On Why We Create Delusions
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.
- Shankar Vedantam, host of Hidden Brain podcast, co-author of "Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain"