Carol Tavris is the author of the amazing social cognitive psychology book Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me).
This book comes highly recommeded by Neuromarketing expert Russell Wright of Theme Zoom LLC.
About the Book:
Why do people dodge responsibility when things fall apart? Why the parade of public figures unable to own up when they screw up? Why the endless marital quarrels over who is right? Why can we see hypocrisy in others but not in ourselves? Are we all liars? Or do we really believe the stories we tell?
Backed by years of research and delivered in lively, energetic prose, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) offers a fascinating explanation of self-deception—how it works, the harm it can cause, and how we can overcome it.
Below is a video by genius mentalist and illusionaist Derren Brown. In it, he "claims" to be creating cognitive dissonance on a subject with an elaborate "Truman Show-Like Setup". Please understand that our view on Derren Brown is that what he says he is doing is often a lie- even using skepticism as a smoke cloud to mis-direct. Nevertheless, the video shows some potentially authentic reactions of a mind that has entered into "cognitive dissonance" that would confess to a crime he/she did not commit. But please also see Derren Brown is a Liar before you decide that anything is real.
An excellent dramatization of cognitive dissonance and slippery slope prosecution (described by Carol Tavris in her book) is Star Trek: Next Generation: Season 4: Episode 21 The Drumhead.
We STRONGLY reccommend that you read this book (Mistake Were Made Not By Me) before entering into situations that call for you to make judgement calls of ANY kind.