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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: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Revised editionView all editions and formats
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Social psychologists Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson take a look into how the brain is wired for self-justification. When we make mistakes, we must calm the cognitive dissonance that jars our feelings of self-worth. We create fictions that absolve us of responsibility, restoring our belief that we are smart, moral, and right-- a belief that often keeps us on a course that is dumb, immoral, and wrong. Backed by years  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carol Tavris; Elliot Aronson
ISBN: 9780544574786 0544574788
OCLC Number: 973778396
Notes: "Mariner Books."
Revised edition of the authors' Mistakes were made (but not by me), 2007.
Includes a new preface and conclusion, with updated research and examples.
Description: xiv, 378 pages ; 21 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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Social psychologists Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson take a look into how the brain is wired for self-justification. When we make mistakes, we must calm the cognitive dissonance that jars our feelings of self-worth. We create fictions that absolve us of responsibility, restoring our belief that we are smart, moral, and right-- a belief that often keeps us on a course that is dumb, immoral, and wrong. Backed by years of research, this study offers an explanation of self-deception-- how it works, the harm it can cause, and how we can overcome it.

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