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Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) by Carol Tavris
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Sep 05, 2011

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This was a very interesting book that my daughter, Emily, asked me to read - it was one of her books she had to read for her business law class. It is about self-justification and acts one does and does not realize that one act like "oh well she/he deserved it" leads to building on that act until you "slide down the pyramid." One action that was noted was when Ophrah Winfrey brought James Frye down for his misrepresentation in ONE MILLION PIECES and how she uplifted him and stood up for him when those pieces were falling down. However, she told him that she was wrong, this could not be allowed and she remained at the top of the pyramid because she did not continue to justify his actions with her approval. The last part of the book is based on self-justification in marriage situations and kind of hit me in the face. Maybe that is why Emily wanted me to read it. But I enjoyed it - may reread it in the future.

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