Cognitive dissonance (BS psychological term) is the excessive mental stress and discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time. This stress and discomfort may also arise within an individual who holds a belief and performs a contradictory action or reaction.
For example, an individual is likely to experience dissonance if he or she is addicted to smoking cigarettes and continues to smoke despite believing it is unhealthy
One theory of cognitive dissonance focuses on how humans strive for internal consistency. When inconsistency (dissonance) is experienced, individuals largely become psychologically distressed. The existence of dissonance, being psychologically uncomfortable, will motivate the person to try to reduce the dissonance and achieve consonance. When dissonance is present, in addition to trying to reduce it, the person will actively avoid situations and information which would likely increase the dissonance.
Example: Liberals/Atheists who avoid hearing or watching anything that differs from their beliefs because it makes them so uncomfortable. They can’t tolerate anyone to think differently than they do and when confronted, they become extremely uncomfortable because it creates conflict inside themselves and they can’t tolerate their discomfort. So they project outward that which they cannot tolerate, one way is to call those who don’t agree with them names; such as racist, hater, bigot, etc. They just can’t tolerate differing opinions because it makes their internal discomfort levels rise. Sure this is childlike and as we have seen most liberals/progressives and democrats are childlike with childlike behaviors; as in Bill Maher, an atheist, lashing out at Christianity.
If there is no God, then nothing you do matters, you can do anything.
So, for example, if Bill Maher believes there is no God and acts accordingly. In those moments, that he wonders, if there might really be a God… this will fill him with cognitive dissonance/intolerable discomfort – so he lashes out to alleviate his discomfort. Otherwise, why would it matter to him what others believe or think?
Individuals can adjust their attitudes or actions in various ways:
1. Consonant relationship – Two cognitions/actions that are consistent with one another (Ex: Not wanting to get intoxicated while out, then ordering water instead of alcohol)
2. Irrelevant relationship – Two cognitions/actions that are unrelated to one another (Ex: Not wanting to get intoxicated while out, then tying your shoes) What Liberals do.. create a diversion, example: calling names and talking nonsense that is not even relatable to the subject matter or topic. They deflect, blame and circle talk.
3. Dissonant relationship – Two cognitions/actions that are inconsistent with one another (Ex: Not wanting to get intoxicated while out, then consuming six tequila shots) Those who do themselves exactly what they tell, or shame others not to do.
The importance of cognitions: The more elements that are personally valued, the greater the magnitude of the dissonant relationship and the more uncomfortable they will be. As in Obamacare’s failure and Obama’s lies about it. Obama supporters just ignore his lies, as if they never happened, because to acknowledge his lying would reveal that they were wrong about Obama and they can’t tolerate being wrong. It would make them too uncomfortable.
Cognitive dissonance theory is founded on the assumption that individuals seek consistency between their expectations and their reality. Because of this, people engage in a process called dissonance reduction to bring their cognitions and actions in line with one another. This creation of uniformity allows for a lessening of psychological tension and distress. According to some, dissonance reduction can be achieved in three ways:
Attitude: “I am going on a diet and will avoid high fat food”
Behavior: Eating a doughnut or some other high fat food.
1. Change behavior/cognition
(Ex: Stop eating the doughnut)
2. Justify behavior/cognition by changing the conflicting cognition
(Ex: “I’m allowed to cheat every once in a while”)
3. Justify behavior/cognition by adding new cognitions
(Ex: “I’ll spend 30 extra minutes at the gym to work it off”)
Clearly many liberals try to justify differing ideas by not even listening, or hearing and calling names of those who challenge them in anyway. They blame, deflect, lie, spin… they do whatever they have to, in order to justify their thoughts and behaviors. Doing so, alleviates their internal discomfort that what they think or believe may not be accurate or real, if others think differently.
The Muslim practice is an extreme example of cognitive dissonance… they kill those who do not believe as they do.
Liberals, progressives, democrats can’t tolerate a differing of opinions, they lash out, lie, twist, spin, deflect, blame, call names. they are like children who can’t handle being uncomfortable…which is the whole premise of everything they do… it’s all to make everyone feel okay about who and what they are no matter what it is they do, how they are, or how they live.
It’s a psychological mindset of self-protection and controlling others. They make wrong-right and truth-lie, in order to protect their fragile self-esteem and their inability to tolerate the possibility of being wrong.
So if they have vilified someone or something and come to realize that person is really good, nice and correct … it creates such conflict in them that they just can’t handle it. Forget the BS psychological term ‘cognitive dissonance’. It’s called immaturity, stunted development, ignorance, intolerance, etc!
So, this is one reason that makes them so intolerant of others while trying to force others to be tolerant of them. They must be ‘right’ to feel ‘okay’… and they will do any and everything to accomplish this.
Think Obama and his words and actions. Obama must be filled with cognitive dissonance!
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