Mistakes Were Made (but not by me)
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Mistakes Were Made (but not by me)

Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts

You Do It, Too

by David Meyer

A compassionate, wise, fascinating and instructive take on how and why you – and everyone else, including the authors – work so hard to delude yourself about your mistakes.


Why, authors Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson ask, do people find it so difficult to admit they are wrong – even when the evidence of a mistake confronts them? In this fascinating study, Tavris and Aronson explore the reasons underlying peoples’ resistance to admitting faultand their desperation to justify their flawed actions or beliefs.

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