82. Transition from deliberate deceit to self-deception

Conscious deceit for the purpose of gaining a certain benefit—in our context, the concealment of risks—can imperceptibly take the form of self-hypnosis. This sort of self-deception can be much steadier than illusion or inadvertent error. Another version of self-hyponosis is simple procrastination—a command to think to yourself, “I will think of this tomorrow”, but tomorrow never comes.