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Carol Tavris

Carol Tavris is a social psychologist who has written widely on gender, culture, critical thinking, and other topics in psychological science. Her book with Elliot Aronson, Mistakes Were Made (but Not by ME), was published in a third edition in 2020.

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Stories by this Author

  • The Review

    You Can’t Say That!

    Moralistic language guides are bland, boring, jargony, clumsy, and humorless.
  • The Review

    Mind Games: Psychological Warfare Between Therapists and Scientists

    Recently, while lecturing to a large group of lawyers, judges, mediators, and others involved in the family-court system in Los Angeles, I asked how many knew what a “social psychologist” was. Three people shyly raised their hands. That response was typical, and it’s the reason I don’t tell people…
  • The Review

    Are Girls Really as Mean as Books Say They Are?

    Man, it is so hard to live down that sugar-and-spice rep. We women try, Lord ALSO SEE:Books Discussed in This Essay do we try, and still people are shocked -- shocked! -- when we are mean to each other, humiliate our partners, scream at our children, spread nasty rumors, lie on our résumés,…