Self-deception begins within seconds of listening or speaking.

Once committed to an interpretation or tending toward one, the brain builds on it quickly.

Once an interpretation has been built upon, the brain remembers it as what truly happened even if that is false.

This is normal. The human brain has evolved to use self-deception.

This probably happened because truer forms of communication are complex and use a lot of time. They can also be confusing and difficult.

Confusion, difficulty, and complexity interfere with social cohesion and motivation.

Strong self-deception deceives others better than weak self-deception or no self-deception. In this way, it promotes social cohesion and motivation.

Self-deception can be observed and understood if it is caught quickly. The best way to catch it is through a technique like FIML.

Self-deception is a kind of neurosis, delusion, false cognition. Nevertheless, we are so used to it, we can feel lost without it.

If self-deception is discovered many times through FIML practice, it does not present as a philosophy or attitude or whole picture of the mind. Nor does it present as a neurosis, delusion, or false cognition.

Rather it presents as a composite of many pixels—many small instances—of observed and corrected mistakes.

Thus seen as an aggregation of many small instances, self-deception gradually is lessened.

first posted FEBRUARY 19, 2016

UPDATE 12/10/22: The line above, “Strong self-deception deceives others better than weak self-deception or no self-deception,” reminds me that strong self-deception not only “promotes social cohesion and motivation,” but also if it is very strong, self-deception can become the basis of parasitic behavior either in individuals or groups.

When a culture or subculture becomes parasitic on another culture(s), it will self-deceive by believing it is superior and deserving while the culture(s) being preyed upon is inferior—even offensive, often for imaginary reasons—and thus OK to be abused. I believe we are seeing precisely this in the parasitic behaviors of virtually all woke subcultures; the subculture being exposed at pre-Musk Twitter and the government agencies that fostered Twitter censorship and obviously are doing the same in almost all other social media and MSM.

To join a parasitic subculture, all you have to do is buy the hype, talk the talk, and remain loyal to the group. It is clear that today we are in a battle between people who believe in individual rights versus people who believe in communal authoritarianism. To my eye, the communalists are very often parasites seeking profit from the labors of others and, in true parasitic form, not caring or even taking delight in the ruination of the host culture they are feeding on.

For individuals, FIML provides a way to avoid parasitism and all neurosis. For groups, free-speech with freedom of reach ensures that parasitic subcultures do not arise and proliferate. It is fair to say that anyone who opposes free speech is either a parasite or in danger of becoming one. In my humble view, the West today is riddled with self-deceiving parasitic subcultures and we are fast dying from the infestation. ABN

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