Psychology Speaker Series features Carol Tavris

As part of the 2014-2015 Psychology Speaker Series, Carol Tavris, Ph.D., will discuss “Self-Justification in Everyday Life: What cognitive dissonance theory reveals about cheating, justice, love, war, memory, and the decisions we make” from 1-2:30 p.m. March 18 in room 168 of the ATC.

Dr. Carol Tavris is a social psychologist, writer, and lecturer. Her most recent book with Dr. Elliot Aronson, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why we justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions, and hurtful acts, will provide the foundation for this presentation. She will explore why is it hard for so many people to admit their mistakes, give up a wrong belief, and accept responsibility for their actions. What blocks us from even being aware that we are wrong and might need to change?  Dr. Tavris will describe the cognitive biases that lead most people to justify beliefs that are outdated, decisions that have proved to be misguided, and the harms we inflict on others. She will discuss the psychological benefits of these biases and how understanding their dangers can help us improve our lives.

All sessions are free. For additional information, contact Dr. Frank Conner at or 616.234.3612

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