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Man in the mirror with no identity

History of Self Delusion

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For this week’s episode of Human Factors in History, we investigated the origins of our understanding of self-delusion. This was a serendipitous discovery – I came across one of the foundational studies purely by accident. But I noticed that all of the citations in this paper were from the 1940s and 50s. That seems to be when psychology researchers took it upon themselves to find out how it works, taking it over from the philosophers who had been thinking about it for millennia.