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Actually, "cognitive dissonance", in its psychological sense (Festinger,
1957), acts more as a way of forcing a decision into a congruent frame
*after* the fact in order to keep it from violating some internal
consistency. Behavior inconsistent with attitudes can actually change the
attitudes. If you had fun at that party and you think all parties are stupid
and boring you have some options to work though...
1. Deny that you ever said all parties are stupid and boring, they must have
2. Deny the fact that you had fun, you were wearing the lampshade as a hat
because you were in such a hurry to leave.
With interesting corrollaries like the less the incentive for engaging in
dissonant behavior the great the dissonance. If you were hansomely
compensated for acting out of character it wouldn't generate much
dissonance. Interesting memetics mechanisms afoot here in how *reducing*
justification can influence behavioral modification.
BatMemes. The Meme Generator
information without themselves being observed.
> Cognitive dissonance is another form of filtering, too.
And an important point, as it stops us seeing or agreeing with anyhting that
doesn't agree with our own viewpoint.
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