Definition of 'Rationalization'
There are a number of reasons why people rationalize their decisions. One reason is to protect their self-esteem. When people make a decision that turns out to be wrong, they may try to justify it in order to avoid feeling bad about themselves. Another reason people rationalize is to avoid feeling regret. Regret is a painful emotion, and people may try to avoid it by convincing themselves that they made the right decision, even if they didn't.
Rationalization can be a problem because it can lead to people making bad decisions. When people are able to justify their decisions, they are less likely to learn from their mistakes. This can lead to them making the same mistakes over and over again.
There are a number of things that can be done to reduce the amount of rationalization that people engage in. One thing is to be aware of the tendency to rationalize. When people are aware of this tendency, they are more likely to be able to catch themselves in the act and make better decisions. Another thing that can be done is to get feedback from others. Sometimes, people can't see their own biases, and getting feedback from others can help them to see things more clearly.
Rationalization is a common human behavior that can lead to poor decision-making. However, there are a number of things that can be done to reduce the amount of rationalization that people engage in.
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