The Optimal Margin of Illusion

A friend sent me an abstract for this article that i will no doubt be reading on the train today. perhaps i may report back to you on my findings.

The Optimal Margin of Illusion

Roy F. Baumeister (1989). The Optimal Margin of Illusion. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology: Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 176-189.

This article proposes that optimal psychological functioning is associated with a slight to moderate degree of distortion in one’s perception of self and world. Past evidence suggests that substantial distortions provide a dangerous basis for action, yet recent research has shown that highly accurate perceptions are associated with depression and other maladaptive patterns. By seeing things as only slightly better than they really are, the individual may enjoy the affective benefits of illusions while avoiding the pragmatic, behavioral risks of acting on false assumptions. Departures from this optimal margin of illusion are associated with risks and difficulties, and power hierarchies may be an important arena for studying these problems.

About The Lost Pedestrian

In my wanderings throughout the moments/days/years, I try in earnest to find the mystical within the mundane and the mundane within the mystical, oftentimes confusing one from the other. I have wandered and roamed through many a city, many a town, in a state of wonder and bewilderment, without necessarily going anywhere. I am easily lost, but eventually found. (I am guessing you have just found me). My sincere hope is that you will find Something in this warehouse of thought, memory and false memory, words, numbers, tangents, murmurs, echoes (lots and lots of echoes), voices, dreams, and other paraphernalia.
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