Mistakes Were Made By Me, By Carol Travis And Elliot Aronson

1252 Words6 Pages
Mistakes Were Made (but not by me) Mistakes Were Made (but not by me) by Carol Travis and Elliot Aronson is a book about the definition of cognitive dissonance, how it affects people’s lives and how certain situations and reactions effects the lives of people in various aspects, the different aspects it has in certain situations and how we react to it. Cognitive dissonance is a state of tension that occurs whenever a person who holds two cognitions that are psychologically inconsistent. For example, in the book it says “smoking is a dumb thing to do because it can kill me” and “I smoke two packs a day”. Logically, this makes no sense. Knowing something can kill you but continuing to it causes a feeling of unease within yourself. Therefore, the human brain creates justifications to make us feel better for our illogical behavior. With this being said, although knows that smoking is unhealthy, they could possibly use the validation that smoking also helps them to lose weight.
“We humans are creatures who spend our lives trying to convince ourselves that our existence is not absurd.” This statement makes complete sense and falls in line with cognitive dissonance. As far as history can be traced, the average human has been searching for their purpose and looking for means that will better help us survive. Think of it in the context of the modern age. People love saying that their purpose is to become a doctor or that they fulfilled that undeniable need in them by

More about Mistakes Were Made By Me, By Carol Travis And Elliot Aronson

Open Document