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Annoyance comments on Don't Believe You'll Self-Deceive - Less Wrong

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Comment author: Annoyance 09 March 2009 04:06:04PM 7 points [-]

"When it comes to deliberate self-deception, you must believe in your own inability!"

That is both contrary to facts, and a pretty effective way to ensure that we won't search for and find examples where we've been deceiving ourselves. Without that search, self-correction is impossible.

"Tell yourself the effort is doomed - and it will be!"

Tell yourself that victory is assured, and failure becomes certain.