Book Review: Mistakes Were Made, But Not By Me

Rossland Telegraph
By Rossland Telegraph
October 12th, 2008

by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson

Reviewed by Sara Golling

This gripping and delightful book abounds in “AHA!” moments. It should be required reading for all politicians, bureaucrats, civil servants, teachers, parents, children, members of boards of directors and all other decision-makers – in short, everyone. When you read it, you’ll quickly think of large numbers of people you know who would benefit from its wisdom.

The authors, both psychologists, explain “why we justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions, and hurtful acts” – and much more. They use clear and compelling examples to demonstrate their points. And they show us how we can begin to recognize what we are doing, to let go of those justifications, and to behave more honourably.

This is a fascinating and useful book, and highly readable.

For a quick preview, go to: www.mistakesweremadebutnotbyme.com

Chapter one is available at http://www.buzzle.com/articles/mistakes-were-made-but-not-by-me-chapter-1.html

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