10. "Literature should not disappear up its own asshole, so to speak."
Vonnegut touchstones like life on Tralfamadore and the absurd Bokononist religion don't help people escape the world so much as see it with clearer reason, which probably had a lot to do with Vonnegut's education as a chemist and anthropologist. So it's unsurprising that in a "self-interview" for The Paris Review , collected in his non-fiction anthology Palm Sunday , he said the literary world should really be looking for talent among scientists and doctors. Even when taking part in such a stultifying, masturbatory exercise for a prestigious journal, Vonnegut was perfectly readable, because he never forgot where his true audience was.
Psychology has traditionally assumed that generally accurate self-perceptions are essential to good mental health . This was challenged by a 1988 paper by Taylor and Brown, who argued that mentally healthy individuals typically manifest three cognitive illusions—illusory superiority, illusion of control , and optimism bias .  This idea rapidly became very influential, with some authorities concluding that it would be therapeutic to deliberately induce these biases.  Since then, further research has both undermined that conclusion and offered new evidence associating illusory superiority with negative effects on the individual. 
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