RE: Thoughts and Perceptions

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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
    misheard you.
    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.
    > Lawrence

    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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