What is cognitive dissonance in simple terms?

Fri, Oct 2023
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Cognitive dissonance is the feeling of discomfort that people experience when they hold two conflicting beliefs or values at the same time.

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Cognitive dissonance is a psychological concept that refers to the mental discomfort or tension a person feels when they hold two or more contradictory beliefs, values, or attitudes at the same time, or when their behavior doesn't align with their beliefs or values. This discomfort often leads people to change their beliefs or behaviors in order to reduce the inconsistency and restore balance. For example, if a person believes that smoking is harmful but continues to smoke, they may experience cognitive dissonance. To reduce this discomfort, they might quit smoking (changing behavior) or convince themselves that smoking isn't as harmful as they thought (changing belief).
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