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The Illusion of Love

Just as Pinocchio deceives himself into becoming a real boy—acting like the human child he is not—we may find opportunities for strategic self-deception in our daily lives, for example in the early stages of romantic love. “We’ve all been in the position where we asked ourselves, ‘Am I falling in love with this person? Am I making this up?’” explains Martin. At some point, however, we realize that, “if I won’t make this up, I won’t fall in love.” This experience, adds Martin, cannot take place until we let ourselves believe.

Beautiful Lies

Clancy Martin
Associate Professor, Philosophy
UM Kansas City

By Christina Andrade