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Psychology extra - Rawaa Alghazali Psychology 131 Defense Mechanism Rationalization Rationalization is the cognitive distortion of"the facts to

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Rawaa Alghazali Psychology 131 April 31, 2010 Defense Mechanism: Rationalization “Rationalization is the cognitive distortion of "the facts" to make an event or an impulse less threatening. We do it often enough on a fairly conscious level when we provide ourselves with excuses. But for many people, with sensitive egos, making excuses comes so easy that they never are truly aware of it. In other words, many of us are quite prepared to believe our lies.”(Boeree) And I happen to be one of those who tend to rationalize many things in my daily life. It consists in looking for an excuse to avoid the effort and you believe the excuse. Rationalization is providing a rational or logical reason as opposed to the real reason. I have found that I use this "tactic" a lot, and was not aware of it before I had encountered psychology. For instance, I would often try and find explanations for things that bother me or defend myself in situations when things did not plan out as I had planned. If I'm planning to do
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This note was uploaded on 10/19/2010 for the course HFCC 080 taught by Professor Guy during the Spring '10 term at Henry Ford College.

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Psychology extra - Rawaa Alghazali Psychology 131 Defense Mechanism Rationalization Rationalization is the cognitive distortion of"the facts to

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