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Rationalization

Self-Deception Is Killing Us: Why Self-Awareness Matters

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 10.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gary Trosclair

Officials or engineers at a large automaker convince themselves that it's OK to install software that cheats on vehicle emissions; shareholders lose t...

Saying Goodbye to My Former Best Friends

Allison Hudson | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

I had no idea that getting sober would allow me the opportunity to not be a bitch or a control freak, but it has. I came into the rooms of recovery to clean up. I had no idea of all the positive changes that seem to be common side effects of recovery.

Breaking the Rules -- And Feeling Good About It

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.25.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Intriguingly, people don't lie and cheat indiscriminately -- simply because they can get away with it. Even when there is no chance of being found out, people show some level of aversion to acting unethically. They want it both ways: to profit by dishonesty, but also to preserve some sense of themselves as moral beings.

Bad Math: Rationalization in Fiction

Harrison Demchick | Posted 02.08.2014 | Books
Harrison Demchick

I call this 2 + 2 = 5: a writer's tendency to insist upon something that isn't true. In reality, two plus two does not equal five. Two plus two will never equal five.

Do as I Say, Not as I Want: Dissonance in Conservative Immigration Policy and Practice

Richey Piiparinen | Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics
Richey Piiparinen

Instead of dealing with the conflict that comes with both demanding and demonizing immigrants, we bury our heads away from the reality that conflict exists.

How to Recognize Your Future Ex-Husband

Debra Weiner | Posted 10.22.2011 | Divorce
Debra Weiner

The best way to avoid divorce, even before you get married, is to understand the power of the "R" word, i.e., rationalization. This is the process of ...

McCain's Big Chill Moment

Bill Squadron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Squadron

Rationalization is how government and corporate leaders can constantly act in ways that they know are illegal or unethical. It's how McCain can justify, to himself, the type of campaign he is running.