Harry Triandis has won the American Psychological Association Division 1 2010 William James Book Award for his book, Fooling ourselves: Self-deception in politics, religion, and terrorism (Westport, CN: Praeger Publishers, 2009).
Excerpt from the Selection Committee:
Triandis, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been a leader in the study of cross-cultural psychology. In addition to Fooling Ourselves, he is the author of seven other books, including Culture and Social Behavior and Individualism and Collectivism. He has edited the Handbook of Cross-Cultural Psychology and the international volume of the Handbook of Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
His research has included the study of attitudes, norms, roles, values, and aspects of cognition across cultures. Fooling Ourselves extends his work by showing how self-deception has profound effects on everyday life across cultures and around the world. In addition to showing how self-deception occurs in politics, religion, and terrorism, he articulates ways to recognize and reduce its occurrence.
A former president of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology and of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, his many awards include election as Fellow of three divisions of the American Psychological Association. Others include APA’s Distinguished International Psychologist of the Year, Distinguished Lecturer of the Year, and the award for Distinguished Contributions to International Psychology. Triandis is a former Distinguished Fulbright Professor, Guggenheim Fellow, Ford Foundation Faculty Fellow, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Fellow of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology.