Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts

byCarol Tavris, Elliot Aronson

Paperback | May 5, 2008

Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts by Carol Tavris
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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? 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.
CONTENTS IntroductionKnaves, Fools, Villains, and Hypocrites: How Do They Live with Themselves?   1Chapter 1Cognitive Dissonance: The Engine of Self-justification          11Chapter 2Pride and Prejudice . . . and Other Blind Spots      40Chapter 3Memory, the Self-justifying Historian     68Chapter 4Good Intentions, Bad Science: The Clo...
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Title:Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful ActsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:304 pages, 8.04 X 5.36 X 0.75 inShipping dimensions:304 pages, 8.04 X 5.36 X 0.75 inPublished:May 5, 2008Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0156033909

ISBN - 13:9780156033909

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