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 in my case, the cognitive dissonance is the fault of Google. Daniel Pund, Car and Driver, "Nowhere Man: Letting Waze Lead the Way," 1 Feb. 2020 But Slate’s Tre Johnson takes us on a journey—of food, music, post-Katrina New Orleans, his family’s brand of Blackness, and his daily life—to tell a poignant tale of cognitive dissonance via audio gentrification. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "The A.I. in your workplace," 29 Jan. 2020 Ruth Whippman, an author and mother of three young sons, says that as a self-identifying feminist, conversations with her kids about these issues can cause some cognitive dissonance for her. Taylor Mooney, CBS News, ""It's like parenting on steroids": Raising boys in the #MeToo era," 8 Dec. 2019 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

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First Known Use of cognitive dissonance

1957, in the meaning defined above

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“Cognitive dissonance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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