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 the eclipse shook me out of this cognitive dissonance. Morgan Godvin, JSTOR Daily, 5 Apr. 2024 The prospect of Donald Trump’s return permitted, or demanded, a measure of cognitive dissonance. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 29 June 2024 The scoring that Reznor and Ross have done for Challengers returns to The Social Network’s playful cognitive dissonance between subject matter and genre of music. Fran Hoepfner, Vulture, 25 Apr. 2024 Some psychologists point to cognitive dissonance as an explanation. Eric Weiner, TIME, 11 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for cognitive dissonance 

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Word History

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cognitive dissonance was in 1957

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“Cognitive dissonance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

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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