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Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me)

Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts

Carol Tavris & Elliot Aronson

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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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Mistakes were made - But not by me

This is one of the seminal books on human character and behavior. Tarvis and Aronson are the top minds in their field and they show it in this collaborative work. It's a steal at this price.

Interesting but Biased to the Left

This is an intriguing premise - cogently presented, but ironically, politically slanted along the lines of MSNBC. The authors find grave bias and blind spots in Republicans creating tragedy all the way back to current as "waterboarding," but mention the Clintons only in a favorable light. These cutting-edge mental giants could not find one example from Obama guns to Mexican gangs, "prosecutorial discretion" which decides not to enforce laws passed by Congress, or using executive orders to rewrite every major portion of the healthcare act. (Obama is not in the index even though this book is published in the fifth year of his presidency.)

Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me)
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Psychology
  • Published: May 05, 2008
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Seller: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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