March Book Club Title: Mistakes Were Made

mistakesThis March join us in reading and discussing another non-fiction book: Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson.

The book club will meet in March at our new time 6:30-8 PM on Wednesday, March 8.  All our monthly meetings are held at  Old Firehouse Books (232 Walnut Street Old Town Fort Collins, CO 80524).

Check out the summary of the book from Good Reads

Why do people dodge responsibility when things fall apart? Why the parade of public figures unable to own up when they screw up? Why the endless marital quarrels over who is right? Why can we see hypocrisy in others but not in ourselves? Are we all liars? Or do we really believe the stories we tell?

Renowned social psychologists Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson take a compelling look into how the brain is wired for self-justification. When we make mistakes, we must calm the cognitive dissonance that jars our feelings of self-worth. And so we create fictions that absolve us of responsibility, restoring our belief that we are smart, moral, and right — a belief that often keeps us on a course that is dumb, immoral, and wrong.

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 can cause, and how we can overcome it.

Watch An Intverview With Author Elliot Aronson

The Scientist and the Humanist: A Conversation with Elliot Aronson from Assn. for Psych Science on Vimeo.

Here’s one more video with co-author Carol Tavris

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