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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.  

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


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