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Carol Tavris - Mistakes Were Made (but not by me)

The Ohlone Psychology Club Speaker Series proudly presents Dr. Carol Tavris, author of "Mistakes Were Made (but not by me)", discussing her findings on cognitive dissonance and how it affects our ability to admit when we're wrong.

- Why do people dodge responsibility when things fall apart?
- Why can we see hypocrisy in others but not in ourselves?
- Why can't public figures "own up" when they screw up?
- Are we all liars, or do we really believe the stories we tell?

In this one-hour talk based on her bestselling book, social psychologist Carol Tavris, Ph.D. explains why it is difficult, and for some people impossible, to say, “I made a terrible mistake.” The higher the stakes—emotional, financial, moral—the greater that difficulty. Self-justification, the hardwired mechanism that blinds us to the possibility that we were wrong, has benefits: It lets us sleep at night and keeps us from torturing ourselves with regrets. But it can also block our ability to see our faults and errors.

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  • Gwen

    Fantastic talk. I read her book when it first came out. Now I will have to re-read it!

    October 13, 2012

  • Donald S.

    Is anyone going back to Palo Alto or near Caltrain aftewards? I can get there from my work in Sunnyvale in an hour by public transportation but it would take me 2 hours to get home. I loved the book.

    October 9, 2012

    • susan f.

      Donald, after the event I can take you as far as the San Carlos Caltrain.

      October 9, 2012

    • Donald S.

      Thanks so much, a friend invited me to something else in Palo Alto and I am going to go to another humanist talk in SF on Sunday. Sorry to miss this, the book is awesome.

      1 · October 11, 2012

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