Mistakes were made (but not by me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions and Hurtful Acts [3rd Edition]

Mistakes were made (but not by me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions and Hurtful Acts [3rd Edition]
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ISBN:  9781780662657
Publisher:  Pinter & Martin

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Author: Carol Tavris | Elliot Aronson
Binding: paperback
Format: 127 x 198mm
Pages: 292
Illustrations: none
Pinter & Martin edition available: UK & Commonwealth
Translation rights: Andrew Nurnberg Associates

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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 make mistakes? 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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