Björn's Reviews > Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts

Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) by Carol Tavris
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Jan 23, 08

bookshelves: own
Recommended to Björn by: Mark from book club
Recommended for: everyone
Read in January, 2008

A good, pointed discussion about the problems caused by cognitive dissonance. The only surprise about it is how pervasive the problems are and how little attention they get from this perspective.

Even though it contains a lot of depressing facts about people, and doesn't offer an easy answer for how to get out of the dilemma it describes, I enjoyed this book. It has a surprisingly light tone given the material, and it is very accessible.

Update: Having incorporated it into my thought processes for a few weeks now, I feel like many of my opinions are now informed by the dissonance/self-justification processes described in the book. It changes my perspective on people and events.
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