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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.

Book News Annotation:

Drawing on years of research, California-based social psychologists Tavris and Aronson explore how our brains are wired for self-justification, the harm self-deception can cause, and how it can be overcome. The book is academic but accessible to the general reader, and the material is illustrated throughout with real-life examples from the news, politics, and public life. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Social psychologists Tavris and Aronson take an in-depth look into how the brain is wired for self-justification. Backed by years of research and delivered in lively prose, their book offers a fascinating explanation of self-deception--how it works, the harm it can cause, and how to overcome it.

About the Author

CAROL TAVRIS is a social psychologist and author of Anger and The Mismeasure of Woman. She has written for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Scientific American, and many other publications. She lives in Los Angeles.ELLIOT ARONSON is a social psychologist and author of The Social Animal. The recipient of many awards for teaching, scientific research, writing, and contributions to society, he is a professor emeritus at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

 

Introduction

Knaves, Fools, Villains, and Hypocrites: How Do They Live with Themselves?   1

Chapter 1

Cognitive Dissonance: The Engine of Self-justification          11

Chapter 2

Pride and Prejudice . . . and Other Blind Spots      40

Chapter 3

Memory, the Self-justifying Historian     68

Chapter 4

Good Intentions, Bad Science: The Closed Loop of Clinical Judgment  97

Chapter 5

Law and Disorder  127

Chapter 6

Loves Assassin: Self-justification in Marriage      158

Chapter 7

Wounds, Rifts, and Wars        185

Chapter 8

Letting Go and Owning Up    213

Afterword               237

Endnotes 239

Index       277

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151010981
Subtitle:
Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
Aronson, Elliot
Author:
Tavris, Carol
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Social Psychology
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Self-deception
Subject:
Cognitive dissonance.
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20080505
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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