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  • Backward Rationalization

    By on December 27, 2008

    AKA Reverse Rationalization

    Quick Definition: The process of rationalizing emotional and behavioral decisions based on logic that makes sense for the person.

    Full Definition:

    To some degree, everyone backwards rationalizes certain events in life. As our perception of reality is seen through the filters of our personal lens and it is important for people to logically explain their actions, backwards rationalization happens. With practice, a PUA can recognize his or her blind spots and understand when certain situations are triggered by our underlying emotions, as opposed to the logical side of our brains.

    Reverse rationalization occurs frequently with women, who are more prone to emotionally-based decisions. Due to society’s rules—triggers such as ASD and social pressure—a girl will often rationalize sex with a PUA on the first night based on his smoothness and the accidental nature of it all, when in reality she wanted it as much as he did. She merely had to convince herself and her social circle that she is “not that easy,” as least most of the time.


    Related Terms: Inner Game, Congruence, Emotional Connection, Pair Bonding, Blind Spot, Male Pattern Blindness

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    • Matt

      The definition of the word rationalization on it’s own is “constructing a logical justification for a belief, decision, action or lack thereof”

      So why is there any need to call it ‘backwards’ or ‘reverse’ rationalization?

    • Good point. I think “backward” is just a signal for a later point in time of how people explain certain prior situations. As opposed to “rationalization” = theoretically I could be rationalizing why I should go out with my GF tonight for a future event, instead of something that happened and explaining it afterward.

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