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Mistakes Were Made (but Not by Me) | Carol Tavris

Mistakes Were Made (but Not by Me) | Carol Tavris

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Renowned social psychologists Carol Tavris (a columnist for Skeptic) and Elliot Aronson take a compelling look into how the brain is wired for self-justification.

When we make mistakes, cling to outdated attitudes, or mistreat other people, we must calm the cognitive dissonance that jars our feelings of self-worth. And so, unconsciously, 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, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) offers a fascinating explanation of self-justification—how it works, the damage it can cause, and how we can overcome it.

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