Mistakes Were Made (but Not by Me) Third Edition by Carol Tavris audiobook

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

By Carol Tavris  and Elliot Aronson
Read by Carol Tavris

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, HMH Audio 9780358329619
12.19 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
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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? 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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Summary

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?

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Witty, provocative, and impressively documented, this work lights a candle in cursed darkness. LOS ANGELES TIMES
“Entertaining, illuminating, and—when you recognize yourself in the stories it tells—mortifying.” Wall Street Journal
“A revelatory study of how lovers, lawyers, doctors, politicians—and all of us—pull the wool over our own eyes… Reading it, we recognize the behavior of our leaders, our loved ones, and—if we’re honest—ourselves, and some of the more perplexing mysteries of human nature begin to seem a little clearer.” O, The Oprah Magazine
A rare gem of a book, easy to read but also scientifically sophisticated. CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGY
“Every page sparkles with sharp insight and keen observation. Mistakes were made—but not in this book!” Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness

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Author

Author Bio: Carol Tavris

Author Bio: Carol Tavris

Carol Tavris, PhD, is a social psychologist who has written widely about psychological science. Her trade books include Anger; The Mismeasure of Woman; and, with Elliot Aronson, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me). She has won numerous awards for her science writing and contributions to skepticism and gender equity.

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Author Bio: Elliot Aronson

Author Bio: Elliot Aronson

Elliot Aronson is one of the most distinguished social psychologists in the world. His books include The Social Animal and The Jigsaw Classroom. Chosen by his peers as one of the 100 most influential psychologists of the twentieth century, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is the only psychologist to have won all three of the American Psychological Association’s top awards—for writing, teaching, and research.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Psychology
Runtime: 12.19
Audience: Adult
Language: English