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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 - 07 edition

Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts - 07 edition

ISBN13: 9780156033909

ISBN10: 0156033909

Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts by Carol Tavris - ISBN 9780156033909
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 07
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Harcourt Brace or Harcourt Press
Published: 2007
International: No
Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts by Carol Tavris - ISBN 9780156033909

ISBN13: 9780156033909

ISBN10: 0156033909

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 07

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Summary

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.

Author Bio

CAROL TAVRISis a social psychologist and author ofAngerandThe Mismeasure of Woman. She has written for theLos Angeles TimestheNew York Times Scientific Americanand many other publications. She lives in Los Angeles. ELLIOT ARONSONis a social psychologist and author ofThe 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

Table of 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 Love's 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

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