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

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 5, 2008 - Psychology - 304 pages
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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?
  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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This book is absolutely awesome. I may be biased because I'm a psych geek, but if you ever wanted to get to know some interesting and insightful little psychology facts, this is a great place to start ... Read full review

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User Review  - Terry - Goodreads

I feel this book was a catalog of errors I've made in my life. Like the author thumbed through my memory for each form of bitterness I've accumulated or each type of wrong I feel I've received ... Read full review

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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.

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