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I am honestly desperate for a copy of this book.

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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..."
Also found it very fitting based on the severe bias that shone through the entire book that there was not one mention of the infamous "I did not have sexual relations with that woman" by Bill Clinton. Now that's a perfect example of self-justification if I've ever seen one!
There is nothing more irritating to me than reading 200 pages about a problem and then getting to the end and realizing the author offered no real solutions but a ton of biased opinions. What a waste!
 

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

User Review  - Camie - Goodreads

I should start by saying I find social psychology fascinating! This book is about cognitive dissonance , which basically means having two conflicting beliefs and the measures we will resort to in ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Morgan Blackledge - Goodreads

OMFG. This book is relentless. Reading it is an ordeal. A wonderful, fruitful ordeal. But an ordeal none the less. Every page and chapter has been an opportunity for self examination and (I hope ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Godfrey Mangenje - Goodreads

I my quest to research stress I came across a psychology site that supported the thesis of the the book. This may be one of those books, as simple as it may be, that has a profound message. Pertaining ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

Having been put off by several popular books by social psychologists I read in recent years which I felt failed to deliver on the promised goods ("Emotional Intelligence" and "Social Intelligence ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Annie - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Alyssa - Goodreads

Ultimately, I think that Tavris's conclusions about self-justification are probably correct, but her argument was flawed. There were a number of things that put me off from this book. Here's my list ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Kellie - Goodreads

You might like this book if you want to consider your own tendencies when you make mistakes or you are interested in learning more about the concepts of self-justification and cognitive dissonance and ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Tucker - Goodreads

The authors describe a "dissonance theory" of self-justification. We don't like thinking of ourselves as ignorant or ill-intentioned, so to avoid this dissonance, we try to convince ourselves and ... Read full review


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