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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.  

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  - 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  - Louise - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Muneel Zaidi - Goodreads

Cognitive dissonance is a topic everyone should look into, but people placed in positions of leadership or responsibility would really benefit from a study on the matter. I enjoyed the examples ... Read full review

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

User Review  - David - Goodreads

As someone interested in the psychology of religion, it's always interesting to me how cognitive weaknesses play a role in establishing and maintaining religious beliefs. Some atheists are wont to ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Tami - Goodreads

Sometimes, I think that the world is full of hypocrites. The news is full of politicians who preach family values and then are caught in an affair. Everyday we see religious advocates who call for ... Read full review

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

User Review  - N - Goodreads

This is easily one of my favorite non-fiction books. When I picked it up, I had only a basic knowledge of cognitive dissonance. I'm so glad that this is the first in-depth book on the topic I read ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Matthew - Goodreads

I've been a longtime fan of both authors (especially Tavris), so my expectations were pleasantly met. Most of it, of course, is hammering away at how the fundamental attribution error influences ... Read full review


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