As mentioned previously, there is often a large difference between how women describe themselves and their how their actual behavior plays out. Women themselves sense this discrepancy, are made uneasy, and are compelled to find a coping mechanism. This often utilizes some type of rationalization. Usually this rationalization starts with a small kernel of truth, upon with each step in the deduction, the chasm between reality and their “truth” widens. Since no step in the thought process is clearly incorrect, then the result is obviously totally correct (or so they rationalize). This thought process requires much effort, and as a result the caricature of it is a hamster running furiously on his/her spinning wheel inside a woman’s head.
This imagery captures the situation well.
Commenters please feel free to add examples of rationalization hamsters in action.
I did not have any pictures of hamsters in my collection, so I am going with a bison.
P.S. It should be noted that men do rationalization also. However, it is much more likely that another fella will call him on it. Women on the other hand tend to amplify each other’s rationalizations.