Cognitive Dissonance (new glossary entry)

In psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time; performs an action that is contradictory to their beliefs, ideas, or values; or is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas or values.[1][2]

Leon Festinger‘s theory of cognitive dissonance focuses on how humans strive for internal consistency. An individual who experiences inconsistency tends to become psychologically uncomfortable, and is motivated to try to reduce this dissonance, as well as actively avoid situations and information likely to increase it.[1]

2 comments

  1. futuret says:

    THANK YOU MONICA!!! THE NEW GLOSSARY SEEMS LIKE A “REASONABLE” EXECUSE TO ALLOW ANY POLITICIAN, ELECTED OFFICIAL, AND WORLD LEADERS TO DO WHAT IN THE HELL THEY WANT TO DO. THE REASON THEY ARE UNDER STRESS IS BECAUSE BY AND LARGE THEY NEVER WANT TO DO RIGHT AND MORAL THING, THEY WANT TO MURDER AND REDUCE OUR NUMBERS, AND ONLY A MICROSCOPIC PER CENT HAVE NOT GIVEN THEIR SOULS TO THE DEVIL. I AM GLAD TO SEE A TERMINOLOGY FOR THIS; POLITICS HAS BECOME A MENTAL DISEASE. GEE, WE CAN ALL LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERYDAY.

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