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I have dubbed this book, 'The Analytical Sledgehammer.'
Mistakes Were Made has become one of my favorite books of all time. It should be required reading for every human being. At its heart, this
book examines everything humans believe about their own selves and the world at large. How have we come to believe what we do about ourselves, the people we love, & those we punish? Where did ideas of fairness come from. Why is it so hard to admit fault? What does it all mean on a personal and societal level?
This book will appeal to anyone with a human brain. The studies used in the book are sound and the authors take a wonderfully critically approach to everything they present. If you are capable of even the tiniest bit of self-reflection, this book will delight you in ways you never imagined. Each page will force you to ask if you really know yourself at all.
You might have read books about heuristics, but this book is more accessible than Kahneman's book (thought Kahneman will give you a more thorough education about various heuristics) and is more entertaining and empirically sound that You Are Not So Smart by McRaney.
 

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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  - Vladyslav Sitalo - Goodreads

You think about yourself as a reasonably nice person, with not perfect but good enough memory. Maybe you've done some things in your life, that you don't particularly like, but you think that in most ... Read full review

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

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Perhaps I've made some mistakes. But reading this book was not one of them. Read full review

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

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Cognitive dissonance theory - self justification. If people go thru great trouble, pain, embarrassment to get something, they will be happier with it than if it came easily. Bias continues after we ... Read full review

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

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Cognitive dissonance theory - self justification. If people go thru great trouble, pain, embarrassment to get something, they will be happier with it than if it came easily. Bias continues after we ... Read full review

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

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I never realized how natural it is for us to deny the errors that we make. The book definitely convinced me of the reasons why we do this and how we can reduce dissonance or recognize when it may be affecting our decisions. Valuable information for my marriage, personal relationships and career. Read full review

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

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I didn't actually finish this book. It was good, and I liked parts of it, but it also made me feel crazy. For someone who has blamed herself for everything that has ever gone wrong, telling me that ... Read full review


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