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Mistakes Were Made

Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts

Carol Tavris

Discover the fascinating reasons why people always find ways to avoid taking responsibility for their mistakes in Mistakes Were Made. Esteemed social psychologists Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson dive into the human brain's penchant for self-justification and how it leads to harmful fictions that absolve us of wrongdoing. Drawing from years of research and using energized prose, the authors explain the dangers of self-deception and how to overcome it.
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Mistakes Were Made, But Not By Me is a bookabout cognitive dissonance, and it’s one of the few books that atthe moment I finished it, I not only reread it but I bought it forabout ten people. I think that the authors do such a great job of is really getting at the psychology ofwhy it is that we are simply not wired to acknowledge mistakeswhen we make them, look for weaknesses in our thinking. And I just think that how do I make sure I go throughlife without becoming too sure of myself? Because on some levels I am sure of myself, but at other levels I have to realize, whatcan I do to make sure I’m not missing something that could allowme to do a better job? And so I think it’s a fantastic book.      source
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