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The evolutionary route to self-deception: Why offensive versus defensive strategy might be a false alternative

  • Ulrich Frey (a1) and Eckart Voland (a1)

Self-deception may be the result of social manipulation and conflict management of social in-groups. Although self-deception certainly has offensive and defensive aspects, a full evolutionary understanding of this phenomenon is not possible until strategies of other parties are included into a model of self-perception and self-representation.

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U. J. Frey (2010) Modern illusions of humankind. In: Homo Novus – A human without Illusions, ed. U. J. Frey , C. Störmer & K. P. Willführ , pp. 263–88. Springer.

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C. A. Salmon (2007) Parent–offspring conflict. In: Family relations – An evolutionary perspective, ed. C. A. Salmon & T. K. Shackelford , pp. 145–61. Oxford University Press.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
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