deluded, or producing that state in someone.
social affairs are
oriented around various kinds of deception. Not all of these are
malevolent, and indeed some, like
politeness and friendliness, are meant to please and are mostly in the
interest of helping other people. Also, many kinds of deception are not
primarily malevolent, but based on
self-interest: One praises the goods one wants to sell for more money
than one bought them for not to harm the buyer but to serve oneself.
In any case: What is social is to a considerable extent founded on
deception, including self-deception, in as much as what is social is
mostly made up of playing roles and acting as if, all of which require
some degree of deception, from a very small one to a very fraudulent