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Interesting and informative, a really important book, I think everyone should read it!

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This book is a feature length article expanded into a book. After the first 30 pages, I felt like the dead horse was being kicked, and kicked, and kicked, and kicked... and it was dead. I get it... People make bad decisions, and have bad beliefs they cling to. Enough already. I tried reading every tenth page, and it was just the same stuff.  

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I may not only re-read this book, I may do so immediately. The premise is simple, the research base solid, the conclusions warranted and the implications incredible. Tavris and Aronson do a magnificent job of exploring the issue of cognitive dissonance, and it is difficult to convey just how wide-ranging their findings are. This book is important on a personal, organizational, national and international scale. The damaging effects of polarization, of taking a stance and running with it are lucidly described, as are the benefits and reasons for admitting a mistake has been made - by YOU. It's rare I consider a book life-changing, but this one could be it. Admit you could be wrong. Examine your premises. Admit you were wrong. Change your mind. If you like to argue, if you argue frequently, if you are married, if you are someone's boss, if you make decisions, if your decisions have an impact on anyone besides yourself, you should read this book. Anyone who thinks I am exaggerating hasn't read the book. Oh, and don't expect the Pope to re-examine papal infallibility anytime soon.  

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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

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