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Mistakes were made (but not by me) : why we justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions, and hurtful acts

Author: Carol Tavris; Elliot Aronson
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Explains how and why we create fictions that absolve us of responsibility and restore our belief in our intelligence, moral rectitude, and correctness; assesses the potential repercussions of such a course of action; and reveals how it can be overcome.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Carol Tavris; Elliot Aronson
ISBN: 0151010986 9780151010981
OCLC Number: 71005837
Description: x, 292 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Cognitive dissonance: the engine of self-justification --
Pride and prejudice--
and other blind spots --
Memory, the self-justifying historian --
Good intentions, bad science: the closed loop of clinical judgment --
Law and disorder --
Love's assassin: self-justification in marriage --
Wounds, rifts, and wars --
Letting go and owning up.
Responsibility: Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson.
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Explains how and why we create fictions that absolve us of responsibility and restore our belief in our intelligence, moral rectitude, and correctness; assesses the potential repercussions of such a course of action; and reveals how it can be overcome.

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