cognitive dissonance

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cognitive dissonance

n. Psychology
The psychological tension that occurs when one holds mutually exclusive beliefs or attitudes and that often motivates people to modify their thoughts or behaviors in order to reduce the tension.

cognitive dissonance

n
(Psychology) psychol an uncomfortable mental state resulting from conflicting cognitions; usually resolved by changing some of the cognitions

cog′nitive dis′sonance


n.
anxiety that results from simultaneously holding contradictory or incompatible attitudes, beliefs, or the like, as when one likes a person but disapproves of one of his or her habits.
Translations
kognitive Dissonanz
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We probably all remember cognitive dissonance theory from high school or college psychology class.
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Cognitive dissonance theory (105) offers an explanation as to why some affected populations might perceive a tribunal as biased and unjust without considering whether it is actually biased and unjust.
Cognitive dissonance theory holds that our reactions to these sorts of psychological stimuli tend to fall somewhere along a continuum on which each point represents a strategy for returning our consciousnesses into cognitive balance (Huegler, 2006; Van Overalle & Jordens, 2002).
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