( psych.) - Defense mechanism. Justification: creating elaborate explanations for one's own behaviour which only appear logical to oneself. Allows a person to escape anxiety over their actions, yet continue with the behaviour.
In psychoanalytic theory, a mechanism of defense by means of which unacceptable thoughts or impulses are reinterpreted in more acceptable and, thus, less anxiety-arousing terms (e.g., the jilted lover who convinces herself that she never loved her fiancé anyway).
When we make something that we are doing or saying seem consistent with reason (the reason of our faulty programming, that is!). Or, when we devise self-satisfying but untruthful reasons for our behavior.
(DOD) Any action that increases the effectiveness of allied forces through more efficient or effective use of defense resources committed to the alliance. Rationalization includes consolidation, reassignment of national priorities to higher alliance needs, standardization, specialization, mutual support or improved interoperability, and greater cooperation. Rationalization applies to both weapons/materiel resources and non-weapons military matters.
A reorganization of a company in order to increase its efficiency. This reorganization may lead to an expansion or reduction in company size, a change of policy, or an alteration of strategy pertaining to particular products.
In economics, rationalization is an attempt to change a pre-existing ad-hoc workflow into one that is based on a set of published rules. A general tendency in modern times to mathematize experience, knowledge, and work; or the growth of means-end rationality (goal-oriented rationality), referring to a highly precise calculation of means to attain a goal, and applying such calculation to the â€œconduct of lifeâ€ itself. This is usually attempted to increase efficiency or flexibility.
In sociology, rationalization is the process whereby an increasing number of social actions and interactions become based on considerations of efficiency or calculation rather than on motivations derived from custom, tradition, or emotion. It is conceived of as a core part of modernization and as manifested especially in behavior in the capitalist market; rational administration of the state and bureaucracy; the extension of modern science; and the expansion of modern technology. Some (such as the Frankfurt School) have argued that the spread of rationalization based on calculation and efficiency dehumanizes society.