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Self-deception, social desirability, and psychopathology

  • Antonio Preti (a1) and Paola Miotto (a2)

Social desirability can be conceived as a proxy for self-deception, as it involves a positive attribution side and a denial side. People with mental disorders have lower scores on measures of social desirability, which could depend on cognitive load caused by symptoms. This suggests that self-deception is an active strategy and not merely a faulty cognitive process.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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