Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)

  • by Carol Tavris, Elliot Aronson
  • Narrated by Marsha Mercant, Joe Barrett
  • 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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? 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.


What the Critics Say

"Thanks, in part, to the scientific evidence it provides and the charm of its down-to-earth, commonsensical tone, Mistakes Were Made is convincing. Reading it, we recognize the behavior of our leaders, our loved ones, and—if we're honest—ourselves, and some of the more perplexing mysteries of human nature begin to seem a little clearer." (Francine Prose, O, The Oprah Magazine)
"By turns entertaining, illuminating and—when you recognize yourself in the stories it tells—mortifying." (The Wall Street Journal)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Helped me recognize my own mistakes

It was well researched but I would have liked to see less of the authors' opinions and more science. I think it would have made the book less appealing though. Regardless, it changed many of my opinions!
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- Abdallah


This is a very easy listen.

The core science was a rather minor portion at the beginning and after this came extensive examples where cognitive dissonance kept people wrong.

I'd have given it a 5, but there was a clear weighting in the examples of poor thought towards the liberal academic perspective (e.g. Dodgy policing). I'd have respected the book more if she had highlight topics less fashionable, like the West's guilt culture and resultant denial.
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- DaveW

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-08-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios