Key insights from 's

Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts

10 minutes
How self-justification blinds us to reality and what we can do about it.

In “Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me),” two award-winning psychologists explore the human tendency to cover up one’s own mistakes while exaggerating those of others. We watch in amazement as politicians change positions and insist they’ve been right all along, and yet we do the same. In this Snapshot, you’ll learn how everyone — from the highest government official to the most ordinary citizen — follows self-justification further and further from reality to maintain a positive self-image.

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Can’t understand why others don’t share your point of view
  • Are interested in learning about the interaction of psychology and ethics
  • Want to understand how people develop and protect their self-image
What is a Snapshot?Learn More

Read on the Scribd mobile app

Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.