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Although the authors have some good points about self-justification in a few sections of the book, they clearly spend way too much time on the "problem" and their political biases than a plausible solution to overcoming self-justification. I read the last page of the book in complete disgust as to the topic they chose to end with and completely irritated that very few solutions were offered to help minimize self-justification in ourselves as well as others. I guess I should have read the title a little closer: It states "Why we..." and not "How to overcome why we..."
Review: Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful ActsUser Review - Deanna Knippling - Goodreads
Er, I liked this book. But there were issues. The information was presented...exactly as it would have been, if the book were written by a couple of enthusiasts making exactly the same mistakes as are ... Read full review
Review: Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful ActsUser Review - Goodreads
Although this book didn't actually teach me anything new in terms of theory (but did provide me with many details of practical cases), it nonetheless surprised me. First, I decided to read this book ...
Review: Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful ActsUser Review - Mandy - Goodreads
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
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
A very readable examination of how we become invested in a belief or a decision and then, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, stick with our original idea even at our peril or the peril of others. Historical examples aplenty. Read full review
The title of the book gives the impression that it's a self-help book. It's more of a psychology book explaining how people can make mistakes, think they are right, and honestly believe that. A good ...
This book will get you feeling a little doubtful about yourself, and in a good way. It fosters the humility that arises when you wonder whether the grid in which you view the world is not just a ...
Fairly entertaining and very accessible exploration of cognitive dissonance. The authors have a particular knack for selecting examples and distilling them into quick catch phrases that stand for a ... Read full review
Prior to reading this, I had only considered the theory of cognitive dissonance as it applied to holding two contrary opinions, the classic example being that of the racist with friends who are ...