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

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"Why do people dodge responsibility when things fall apart? Why the parade of public figures unable to own up when they screw up? Why the endless marital quarrels over who is right? Why can we see hypocrisy in others but not in ourselves? Are we all liars? Or do we really believe the stories we tell?Renowned social psychologists Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson take a compelling 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. And so 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 and delivered in lively, energetic prose, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) offers a fascinating explanation of self-deception--how it works, the harm it can cause, and how we can overcome it"--
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subject_facetCognitive dissonance
Self-deception
title_displayMistakes were made (but not by me) : why we justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions, and hurtful acts
title_fullMistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts
Mistakes Were Made (but Not by Me) Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts
Mistakes were made (but not by me) : why we justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions, and hurtful acts / Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
title_shortMistakes were made (but not by me)
title_subwhy we justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions, and hurtful acts
topic_facetCognitive dissonance
Nonfiction
Psychology
Self-deception
Sociology