Please wait a minute...
Advances in Psychological Science    2016, Vol. 24 Issue (12) : 1917-1925     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.01917
Regular Articles |
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)
Download: PDF(354 KB)  
Export: BibTeX | EndNote | Reference Manager | ProCite | RefWorks    

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:   
Issue Date: 15 December 2016
E-mail this article
E-mail Alert
Articles by authors
ZHU Yanli
XI Sisi
WU Yanhong
Cite this article:   
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.
URL:     OR
[1] FAN Wei, YANG Bo, LIU Juan, FU Xiaolan.  Self-deception: For adjusting individual psychological states[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2017, 25(8): 1349-1359.
[2] DAI Taotao;ZUO Bin;XU Fuming;SUO Yuxian. The Evolution Model of Overconfidence[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2014, 22(4): 693-701.
[3] GUO Jing;LV Hou-Chao;HUANG Xi-Ting;CHEN Xiao-Jing. Review and Prospect on the Research of Self-serving Bias[J]. , 2011, 19(7): 1054-1060.
[4] LIU Xiao-Cen;SANG Biao;DOU Dong-Hui. Pros and Cons of Self-Enhancement: Theory, Empirical Research, and Application[J]. , 2011, 19(6): 883-895.
[5] Tiang Lumei;Zhang Xiangkui. Relationship between Self-Esteem and Self-Serving Bias[J]. , 2007, 15(04): 631-636.
[6] Wang Yinan. About the Controversy on the Universality of Self-Enhancement Bias[J]. , 2005, 13(06): 822-827.
[7] Dong Yan,Yu Guoliang. The Development and Prospect of Self-enhancement Researches[J]. , 2005, 13(02): 178-185.
[8] Gu Meixi. A Brief Introduction of Swann’s Self-Verification Theory and Research[J]. , 2004, 12(03): 423-428.
[9] Li Feng,Li Yongjuan,Ren Jing,Wang Erping. Social Desirability in Industrial/Organizational Psychology[J]. , 2004, 12(03): 455-461.
[10] Sun Jiongwen,Zheng Quanquan. Self-cognition in Social Comparison and Temporal Comparison[J]. , 2004, 12(02): 240-245.
Full text



Copyright © Advances in Psychological Science
Support by Beijing Magtech