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Can self-deception be beneficial? That’s one of the questions animating Shankar Vedantam’s new book “Useful Delusions,” which argues that holding false beliefs is not necessarily a sign of pathology or ignorance. We’ll talk to theHidden Brain podcast host about the lies we tell ourselves — and each other — and the role some forms of deception play in sustaining relationships and advancing mental well-being.


This segment originally aired April 5.


Shankar Vedantam, science correspondent and host of the "Hidden Brain" podcast, NPR; author, "Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain"