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Cognitive Dissonance


September 3, 2018

As my grandson Oli, 11, was preparing to return to Argentina recently, where he lives, I asked him if he was excited to get back home and see his friends?

Oli hesitated, “Yeah, but I am also sad to go. It feels sort of weird.”

Oli was describing a well-researched psycho-logical phenomenon called “cognitive dissonance,” which is based on our almost universal dislike of internal conflict. Torn between two feelings, we try to reduce that discomfort by rationalizing our positions.

As a psychologist, I believe that the theory of cognitive dissonance can explain a lot of politica...

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