We all engage in it at one time or another; and, of course, there are different names for it, depending upon the context and conceptual application. Some call it “positive thinking”; others, of just trying to talk yourself into something; and it is only when interference with reality poses a risk of harm that it becomes of concern when engaged in.
Self-delusions are, otherwise, harmless. Some use it as a reverse therapeutic mode: Tell yourself X a hundred times in a day, and you will come to believe it; the “power of positive thought”; the need to constantly self-affirm, etc.
In the wilds, of course, it may not work out so well. For, telling yourself that you can kill a lion with your bare hands, or that you can jump off of a cliff and soar through the sky, will likely result in death. Then, too, to persuade yourself that an oncoming bus will do you no harm is taking positive thinking to a level of absurdity.
But there are less drastic forms of self-delusions, as in saying to yourself multiple times a day that you are happy; or that things will get better; or that today is the first day of the rest of your life, etc. Such pablum of self-delusions will sometimes even provide a positive influence.
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who suffer from a medical condition where the medical condition prevents the Federal or Postal employee from performing all of the essential elements of one’s Federal or Postal job, self-delusions should be replaced with sound advice from a Federal Disability Retirement Lawyer.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire