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Rationalization (making excuses)
- Created 2012-03-12
(also known as
) is an unconscious
in which perceived controversial behaviors or feelings are logically justified and explained in a rational or logical manner in order to avoid any true explanation, and are made consciously tolerable – or even admirable and superior – by plausible means. Rationalization encourages irrational or unacceptable behavior, motives, or feelings and often involves
ad hoc hypothesizing
. This process ranges from fully
(e.g. to present an external defense against ridicule from others) to mostly
(e.g. to create a block against internal feelings of guilt).
People rationalize for various reasons. Rationalization may differentiate the original deterministic explanation of the behavior or feeling in question. Sometimes rationalization occurs when we think we know ourselves
better than we do
It is also an
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