This is a very common human trait. Don't let it mislead you in making decisions that are important.

Example quote: "Five key myths central to the American experience -- the myths of the Chosen Nation, Nature's Nation, Christian Nation, Millennial Nation, and Innocent Nation... by canonizing these myths as absolute truths, America risks undermining the egalitarian promise of the Declaration of Independence... the Innocent Nation myth [for instance] prevents many Americans from understanding, or even discussing, the complex motivations of the 9/11 terrorists" (Hughes, Richard T. Myths America Lives By. Illinois University Press, 2003.


Gudjonsson, Gisli H., Sigurdsson, Jon Fridrik. "The Relationship Of Suggestibility and Compliance With Self-deception and Other-deception." Psychology, Crime & Law; Dec2004, Vol. 10 Issue 4, p447, 7p.

Lewis, Jerry M. "How Much Self-Deception Helps?" Psychiatric Times, Jul 2004, Vol. 21 Issue 8, p35.

Fayers, Peter. "Lies we live by: The art of self-deception." Quality of Life Research, Aug2003, Vol. 12 Issue 5, p597.

Patten, David. "How do we deceive ourselves?" Philosophical Psychology, Jun2003, Vol. 16 Issue 2, p229-247.

Colby Glass, MLIS