The red flag of self-deception: as Marco Tempest so profoundly demonstrates it in this TED talk.
In a way therapy can be seen as a magic show. But it is not the psychiatrist who is the magician. The talented artist playing tricks on the patient and his doctor is the patient's mind.
Now that raises a number of philosophical issues. If it is the patient's mind who is playing tricks on the patient then who is the patient?
Obviously there are different parts of the mind or the self. Which is the foundation of understanding that it makes sense to think of a self as a multi-layered construct which has the essential ability to self-reflect and self-deceive.
So next time when you go to see your therapist please remember that you are dealing with an amazingly talented magician, who can keep the show going for a long time, maybe even a life time.
When it comes to psych issues the show is painfully entertaining. And with a magician of the caliber of the self the pain will feel real.