Synopsis of 'Falling to Pieces: Self deception and the divided mind.'
Buy this bookWe are all familiar with self deception, though we may not know it by that name. Most of us, at one time or another, have encountered gamblers, alcoholics or addicts who deny the gravity of their compulsions despite evidence to the contrary. We know of the lover who excuses a partner's cheating behaviour in order to allay a break up, a terminally ill patient who refuses to accept the imminence of death despite contrary evidence, and the mediocre student who is convinced of success despite failing results. Self deception is a ubiquitous piece of human theatre.
But do we really understand what this behaviour involves and why people do it? Is self deception a rational way to behave? Indeed, is it even a coherent term in the first place? This book sets out to answer these and other questions. While the focus is primarily on philosophical analysis, the book cites recent research in cognitive psychology, particularly experiments on human motivation, perception and irrationality, in order to illuminate this subject. Some of Freud's case studies are also examined in order to explore whether psychoanalysis can shed light on self deception.top