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The Faults of Others, adapted from The Happiness Hypothesis (2006) by Jonathan Haidt

For: High School, Higher Ed, WorkplaceArticle/Essay

Weaving together insights from ancient wisdom and modern psychological research, moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores why we’re so good at identifying the faults of others but bad at identifying the faults within ourselves. Haidt explains that there are specific cognitive process that “predispose us to hypocrisy, self-righteousness, and moralistic conflict.” He concludes that “sometimes, by knowing the mind’s structures and strategies, we can step out of the ancient game of social manipulation, and enter into a game of our choosing.”

Lesson 1: Explore the inner workings of the mind

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