cognitive dissonance


Definition of cognitive dissonance

: psychological conflict resulting from incongruous beliefs and attitudes held simultaneously

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Recent Examples on the Web But there was a hint of cognitive dissonance to the complaints. Wired, "For Tech Jobs, the Rich Cities Are Getting Richer," 9 Dec. 2019 Democrats say Trump's case requires a cognitive dissonance that is too much to bear. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "Trump's 2020 pitch: A powerless presidency," 3 Sep. 2019 That Edgewater example is a good one, as both the factory's leader and the rebel boss a half-mile down the road have their own mix of noble ideals, cognitive dissonance, and off-kilter ickiness. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The Outer Worlds review: Fall deeply into the best Fallout-like game in years," 22 Oct. 2019 But the minute the lights went down on Saturday in the MGM’s packed Garden Arena, cognitive dissonance didn’t stand a chance. Alex Pappademas, Los Angeles Times, "Welcome to the ‘Hotel California’ review: In Vegas, the Eagles perform their definitive album," 30 Sep. 2019 There’s cognitive dissonance here, but also a nice, sappy, deep-colored rosé. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "At just $15, this soulful Spanish garnacha from a lesser-known region is a steal," 7 June 2019 The sheer scale of human suffering around us can seem too enormous to wrap our heads around, let alone chip away at — hence that cognitive dissonance. Julia Wick,, "Essential California: Why L.A.'s homeless population continues to climb," 5 June 2019 Emanne Beasha One might experience cognitive dissonance watching 10-year-old Beasha sing, given the power of her voice and her operatic performances. Tyler Aquilina,, "Everything you need to know about the America's Got Talent season 14 finalists," 12 Sep. 2019 Living with Google's latest creation for a few days embodied the cognitive dissonance of being a gadget guy in 2019. Geoffrey A. Fowler, Houston Chronicle, "Google is always listening. Now it's watching, too, with the Nest Hub Max.," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of cognitive dissonance

1957, in the meaning defined above

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15 Dec 2019

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“Cognitive dissonance.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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Medical Definition of cognitive dissonance

: psychological conflict resulting from simultaneously held incongruous beliefs and attitudes (as a fondness for smoking and a belief that it is harmful)

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