Self justification and understanding mistakes in the book mistakes were made but not by me by carol

For example, a common stereotype of a bird includes the ability to fly, however extending that stereotype to a penguin leads to an incorrect conclusion.

Mistakes Were Made but not by me

When exposed we evade responsibility and blame others for our wrongs. Dogmatically holding onto an opinion, beliefor defending an action can be a destructive result of stubborn pride.

Cognitive biases are like optical illusions, distorting our decisions, memories and judgement. Everything they see confirms what they believe.

The most disturbing bit of research quoted in this book and there are lots of disturbing bits of research discussed in this book is that those most likely to become utter monsters are those who have high self-esteem and they are most likely to become monsters towards those who have virtually no power to retaliate.

Don't play the martyr. All police officers are racist. Human nature is stubborn, however. What can you change and what can't you change? I was so comfortable and emotionally attached that it blurred my ability to see something for what it was, and even more alarming, to conjure up innovative ideas for improvement.

Focusing only on evidence that supports a negative position, while neglecting to consider alternative positive explanations is the fallacy of not considering representative evidence.

One of the psychological insights that has been messing around with my mind lately is the idea that if you ask someone who is studying to become a doctor why one of their fellow students is also becoming a doctor they are likely to say that it is obvious that that person is virtually made to be a doctor.

When political or military mistakes lead to thousands of deaths, how do the decision-makers live with themselves? Refocusing attention on the somewhat comical side of the situation to relieve negative tension; similar to comic relief. Only then did I appreciate the nuances of this mental phenomenon of believing only what we want to believe in.

But if you ask the person themselves why they are becoming a doctor they are likely to say that they are in the course more or less by accident. The ultimate correction for the tunnel vision that afflicts all of us mortals is more light.

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Count them only once. What tools do we use? Now for the interesting bit. The need to rethink our justice system so as to take into consideration the latest findings psychology presents us with becomes all rather urgent. Memories are retrieved, but they are associated with the wrong time, place, or person.

Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)

Like my uncle who suffered from debilitating pain for years due to a misdiagnosis, I believe our marriages and relationships suffer because we have accepted the wrong diagnosis. While stereotypes are an essential feature of human memory, they can cause problems when the attributes associated with the group are incorrectly extended to an individual.

But this is a very important book and one that demands to be read.MicroSummary: In “Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me),” oft-cited and celebrated social psychologists Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson deal with the nature and the problems of many self-justification mechanisms (such as cognitive dissonance, confirmation bias, and fabricated memory), while trying to show that the only way for a person to grow is by.

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The Fine (and Scary) Art of Self-justification In Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me), Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson share a fascinating study on confirmation bias, why it's so hard to change our minds once they’re made, and what we do when faced with an opposing point of view.

May 11,  · Mistakes Were Made (but not by me) By Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson Pg 17 – Severe initiations increase a members liking for the group. Pg 18 – If the new information is consonant with our beliefs, we think it is well founded and useful: “Just what I always said!”.

Backed by years of research and delivered in lively, energetic prose, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) offers a fascinating explanation of self-deception - how it works, the harm it. Backed by years of research, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) offers a fascinating explanation of self-justification—how it works, the damage it can cause, and how we can overcome it.

This updated edition features new examples and concludes with an extended discussion of how we can live with dissonance, learn from it, and perhaps /5(14). Backed by years of research and delivered in lively, energetic prose, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) offers a fascinating explanation of self-deception—how it works, the harm it .

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