Mistakes Were Made (but Not By Me)

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Mistakes Were Made (but Not By Me)

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Hardcover - USA - 1st edition.

Author Carol Tavris, Elliot Aronson
Published 2007-05-06
Type Non-fiction
Genre Educational
Themes Psychology, Science
Age Group Adult

Mistakes Were Made (but Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts is a psychology book by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson, published in 2007. It focuses on why people in Western cultures are so hesitant to admit when they make mistakes by discussing cognitive dissonance, confirmation bias, and various other mental biases.


Read?Audiobook read by Marsha Mercant and Joe Barrett.

Always wanting to know more about how people fail to think clearly, I read this book.





  • The book is interesting from cover to cover. Rather than just giving clinical descriptions of each mental bias, the authors give real-life examples of people who fell prey to cognitive dissonance, confirmation bias, and similar problems, and the fallout experienced by those around them.
  • In addition to pointing out flaws, the authors do a good job of reminding the reader that everyone is susceptible to these mental problems, but that being mindful of them is the first step to guard against them.
  • I like that the author doesn't sugar-coat clearly fraudulent beliefs, and rightly points out that anti-vaccination, the Reid interrogation technique, memory recovery, and various other controversial topics are indeed bullshit.


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