Monday, March 25, 2019

Cognitive Dissonance

Cognitive Dissonance can be defined as the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change. In psychology, cognitive dissonance can be defined as 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 one or more beliefs, ideas or values, or is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values. The current issues related to admission to colleges or universities may relate in part to cognitive dissonance. The mental stress caused by the dissonance can be reduced by the person exaggerating the desirability of the goal or that the end justifies the means.

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