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    self deception or self-denial?

    Hello everybody, I have a doubt on the usage of these words, 'self-deception' and 'self-denial'. When and how are we going to use them. Thank you .

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    Re: self deception or self-denial?

    Self-deception is when you do something but pretend something else. If I have a a strawberry-filled donut, it's not healthy, but I can pretend that strawberries are healthy and engage in a little self-deception by calling my donut a serving a fruit.

    Self-denial is when you want something, but don't give in to it. If I want that donut, but can't lie to myself about it being health food any longer, I have practiced a bit of self-denial.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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