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Dr. Carol Tavris

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Dr. Carol Tavris’s work as a writer, teacher, and lecturer has been devoted to educating the public about psychological science. Her book with Elliot Aronson, “Mistakes Were Made (But Not by ME): Why we justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions, and hurtful acts” (revised edition, 2015, and most recently updated in 2020 with a new chapter–“Dissonance, Democracy, and the Demagogue”), applies cognitive dissonance theory to a wide variety of topics, including politics, conflicts of interest, memory (everyday and “recovered”), the criminal justice system, police interrogation, the daycare sex-abuse epidemic, family quarrels, international conflicts, and business. Her latest book, with oncologist Avrum Bluming, is “Estrogen Matters” (Little, Brown Spark, 2018). In addition to writing essays and book reviews, she contributes a column for Skeptic magazine, “The Gadfly.”

Main expertice: BEHAVIOR, Beliefs, Biases, Blame, Change, Competitive Thinking, Cultures, Exclusionary Behavior, Fear of the Unknown, Gender Roles, Hidden Motives, Insincerity, KNOWLEDGE, Leadership, Learning, Learning from Failures, Logical Ethics, Lying, Other People Exist, Power, Pride & Shame, Rewards and Punishments, Societies, Teachers and Mentors, THINKING, This or That Thinking, Unhealthy Behavior, and What Should Be

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Works of Dr. Carol Tavris

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