Mistakes Were Made (but Not by Me) - Carol Tavris & Elliot Aronson

Mistakes Were Made (but Not by Me) - Carol Tavris & Elliot Aronson

Rated: 8/10  |  Available at: Amazon  |  Related: Extreme Ownership - Jocko Willink & Leif Babin

This book is an introduction to self-justification and cognitive dissonance, and by extension, cognitive biases.  It’s a great overview of everyday situations and historical examples where these play a role in everything from learning to our relationships.

The takeaway: we must learn to spot our own self-justification, and stop it when required, to prevent further action based upon false self-justification.

Overall a great book that has led me to examining in more detail the cognitive biases we all are subject to, and even further to mental models which help thinking.  Would definitely recommend reading.

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