cognitive dissonance


Definition of cognitive dissonance

: psychological conflict resulting from incongruous beliefs and attitudes held simultaneously

Examples of cognitive dissonance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But there can be a cognitive dissonance to seeing an 80-year old who looks so youthful. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2022 If that purpose is not being met, there might be a cognitive dissonance between the object’s utility and the context in which it’s being used. Dave Schilling, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 There is cognitive dissonance of obsessing over the knowledge of facts during a child's school years while simultaneously dismissing their importance shortly thereafter. Garrett Smiley, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 This cognitive dissonance is not only felt with Ukraine. Nicole Phillip, The Week, 6 Mar. 2022 And as if to heighten the cognitive dissonance, Boogaloos mark themselves flamboyant Hawaiian floral prints. Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone, 20 Mar. 2022 The cognitive dissonance between the Trudeau government’s allegations about the Freedom Convoy and the reality on the ground made the prime minister’s rhetoric look foolish and desperate. Nate Hochman, National Review, 26 Feb. 2022 The cognitive dissonance between the reality and the spin suggests a broader strategy: fear-mongering over the left to shift the party to the right. Abdul El-sayed, The New Republic, 27 Jan. 2022 The cognitive dissonance between planet-destroying conspicuous consumption and planet-saving rhetoric is breathtaking. Nives Dolsak And Aseem Prakash, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cognitive dissonance

1957, in the meaning defined above

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13 May 2022

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“Cognitive dissonance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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