How To Spot Rationalization?

Today I'm going to talk about how to notice when you're rationalizing, which I think is a really important skill.

Because to rationalize means to come up with a seemingly logical or rational explanation for what's really an irrational belief or behavior.

So, if you can learn to notice your rationalizations, then you can spot irrationalities in the way you're thinking or behaving, and rectify them.

So we tell ourselves stories all the time about why we believe a certain thing, why we did a certain thing, what's going to make us happy, or what our strengths and weaknesses are.

And often those stories are true, but sometimes they're just excuses or rationalizations. Sometimes rationalizations are plainly ridiculous, and if you were paying attention, if you really wanted to notice you would see that they were clearly false.

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