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Discuss: Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)

This month we'll read Carol Tavris' book: Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me).


Per Amazon Reviewer:

Why do people refuse to admit mistakes - so deeply that they transform their own brains? They're not kidding themselves: they really believe what they have to believe to justify their original thought.

There are some pretty scary examples in this book. Psychologists who refuse to admit they'd bought into the false memory theories, causing enormous pain. Politicians. Authors. Doctors. Therapists. Alien abduction victims.

Most terrifying: The justice system operates this way. Once someone is accused of a crime - even under the most bizarre circumstances - the police believe he's guilty of something. Even when the DNA shows someone is innocent, or new evidence reveals the true perpetrator, they hesitate to let the accused person go free.

This book provides an enjoyable, accurate guide through contemporary social psychology. So many "obvious" myths are debunked as we learn the way memory really works and why revenge doesn't end long-term conflict.

Readers should pay special attention to the authors' discussion of the role of science in psychology, as compared to psychiatry, which is a branch of medicine. I must admit I was shocked to realize how few psychiatrists understand the concept of control groups and disconfirmation. Psychoanalysis in particular is not scientific. The authors stop short of comparing it to astrology or new age.

This book should be required reading for everyone, especially anyone who's in a position to make policy or influence the lives of others. But after reading Mistakes were Made, I suspect it won't do any good. Once we hold a position, say the authors, it's almost impossible to make a change.

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  • Jenny

    Address is[masked]th st, not 104

    February 25, 2013

  • Rob M.

    Is this taking place in a loud bar again?
    Will anybody be discussing the book, or will this just be a hanging out at the bar event? Thanks.

    February 25, 2013

  • Eileen

    Regrets, sorry - won't be able to get free in time to make it.

    February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Out of town, sorry to miss.

    February 24, 2013

  • Christy

    Sounds very interesting and I wish I could come, but I'm in another book club that meets the last Monday of every month :/

    1 · February 22, 2013

  • Lydia K.

    Sorry-husband in hospital with Pneumonia. Another time, please.

    February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I'll be in Phoenix now that week. Hopefully I'll get to discuss a future book with you all. Cheers!

    February 8, 2013

  • Ronald P. Juliano S.

    I don't go to bars

    2 · January 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I Look forward to meeting everybody

    January 18, 2013

  • Stephanie A.

    Excited to read this one

    January 16, 2013

  • Mudassir

    Already got the book, so far pretty good!

    January 16, 2013

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