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Sexually active bisexual: “I’ll never get AIDS. I’m a very intuitive person. I would sense it if someone had something as degenerative as the AIDS virus.”

Wishful thinking

Wishful thinking occurs when a person believes that something is true, not because they have good reasons for the belief, but because they wish it were true.

Persons who engage in risky sexual activity often kid themselves in thinking, “It won’t happen to me.”

Notice that this is also a case of self-serving bias. This person is overly confident of his or her ability to know “intuitively” when a potential sexual partner has the AIDS virus.

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