Hackneyed Quote:Do as I say, not as I do.

It is not hypocritical to fall short of your personal standards, nor is it hypocritical to fall short of your espoused standards. But it is hypocritical to call someone on falling short of your standards while not meeting them yourself. (So the simple answer might be to stop spouting off your personal dogma.)

See also: rationalization, justification, excuse, The Diamond Age, double standard, exception, privilege, judgement, judgemental

A fundemental element of human personalities. Many boneheaded things are done by knee-jerk liberals in deep denial of their own hypocrisy.

The hypocrisy practiced by law and order conservatives: (As inferred from observing young conservatives in college.) You can do what you want, as long as you can keep it private. Once the authorities have to get involved, you're given one more chance to show that you have a handle on the situation, or yer screwed.

self-contradiction adds personality