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Advances in Psychological Science    2016, Vol. 24 Issue (12) : 1917-1925     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.01917
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Self-deception in autobiographical narrative: Individuals’ self identity strategy
ZHU Yanli1; XI Sisi2; WU Yanhong2
(1 Department of Education, ZhengZhou University, Zhengzhou 450001, China) (2 School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences, PeKing University, Beijing 100080, China)
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Abstract  

Self-deception in autobiographical narrative is a kind of self-deception in the perspective of intrapersonal, and a strategy that individuals use to maintain self-identity in the process of self-construction under no interpersonal pressure. It occurs in the process of autobiographical narrative, in which individuals widen narrative distance between “new me” and “old me” through narrative language, construct a new goal to seek and achieve, and finally set up a narrative identity. In this process, individuals are motivated to maintain a positive self-concept by using biased information processing, and to meet the need of consistent experience and evaluate of emotion as well. Self-deception in autobiographical narrative can affect individuals’ self-consciousness, and result in self-change. Future research would focus on the occurrence and coping strategies of self-deception in autobiographical narrative in clinical treatment. Meanwhile its cognitive neural mechanism will be investigated, and its characteristics and influencing factors under different socio-cultural backgrounds will be explored.

Keywords autobiographical narratives      self-deception      motivated cognition      self-enhancement      narrative identity     
Corresponding Authors: WU Yanhong, E-mail: wuyh@pku.edu.cn   
Issue Date: 15 December 2016
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ZHU Yanli,XI Sisi,WU Yanhong. Self-deception in autobiographical narrative: Individuals’ self identity strategy[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2016, 24(12): 1917-1925.
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