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by Patrick Appel

Probably not:

So why might athletes continue to use it? Well, sometimes lying to yourself can lead to good things. Thinking you are better than you are (for whatever reason) might actually *make* you better than you are. Here was the conclusion of Joanna Stark and Caroline Keating’s 1991 study, “Self-Deception and Its Relationship to Success in Competition“: “The results were consistent with the proposition that self-deception enhances motivation and performance during competition.”

(Photo: Laura Ludwig and Sara Goller of Germany in action during the Women’s Beach Volleyball Preliminary match between Brazil and Germany on July 31, 2012 in London, England. By Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)