You may have seen these words in the subtitle of my blog heading and wondered what the heck I was blabbering about, so I thought I'd offer a little explanation and context.
Merriam- Webster Online defines cognitive dissonance as ": psychological conflict resulting from incongruous beliefs and attitudes held simultaneously".
this conflict produces discomfort, which can cause an individual to
alter their beliefs to reduce the dissonance, and thus make those two
conflicting beliefs come more in line with each other.
instance, assume you are a person who believes that "Pediatricians are
nice people". At the same time you also hold a belief that "Guns are
bad, and people who use them are evil." Then assume that you meet a nice
pediatrician who enjoys using guns. Doesn't that throw your two
preexisting beliefs into conflict? To reduce that conflict and the
feeling of discomfort it produces, you might be left with two
alternatives - either soften your views on firearms, or harden your
views on pediatricians.
My hope is that such people who come in
contact with me, come away with some cognitive dissonance that might
produce an inner conversation such as this...
" Dr. Late Bloomer
is a really nice lady, and she takes care of babies and sick kids.
But, I just found out that Dr. Late Bloomer likes firearms ..... Soooo,
maybe firearms aren't so bad after all, because my other alternative is
to believe that Dr. Late Bloomer is an evil person, and I know that
...At least I "hope" that is the inner conversation that happens.