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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?...

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.

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Number of Pages: 304

ISBN: 0151010986

ISBN-13: 9780151010981


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There's a great book on it that I highly recommend called Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)

Everyone should read The Scout Mindset by @juliagalef. Such a great primer for how to be more intellectually honest with yourself. Also, a good chaser: Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson.

Putin has made one of the biggest mistakes in modern history, and his own hold on power is on the line. My guess is he doubles down on doubling down. Then he will double down again and again, without end. This great book explains a lot, I think:

Reason #879 why everyone needs to educate themselves about cognitive dissonance I highly recommend the book Mistakes Were Made but Not by Me