Social Psychologist Carol Tavris Explains Self-justification - Press Release, Office of College Advancement

Thursday, October 4, 2012
Office of College Advancement
Ohlone College

Fremont, CA-It is an odd social phenomenon that most of the time when people make a mistake, if they are directly confronted by evidence, even irrefutable evidence, that they are wrong, they will not admit their error or change their point of view. Instead they will justify themselves, insist they were right, blame someone else or act as though nothing wrong had happened. Politicians are the most visible examples we have of such actions, but in fact, each of us probably commits the same type of action in our own lives. And the higher the stakes - emotional, financial, moral-the more difficult it becomes to say, "I made a terrible mistake."

Social psychologist, author and Professor Dr. Carol Tavris has explored this phenomenon in depth in her latest book "Mistakes were Made, but not by me!" She is the special guest at the Ohlone College Psychology Speaker Series event on Friday, October 12, 2012.

Tavris, has spoken to students, psychologists, mediators, lawyers, judges, physicians, business executives and general audiences on self-justification, science and pseudo science in psychology, gender and sexuality, critical thinking and anger. She was awarded the "Distinguished Media Contributions Award" by the American Association of Applied and Preventative Psychology and her articles, book reviews, and op-eds have been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Times Literary Supplement.

For tickets and more information, visit or call 510-659-6031.

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