Cognitive dissonance is a sense of stress that results from inconsistent ideas or actions. It is commonly described as a desire for internal consistency. Cognitive dissonance is considered a common type of motivation that can be used to describe a wide range of behaviors.
Cognitive Dissonance as a Cognitive BiasCognitive dissonance is often used to explain why people may choose to ignore evidence that runs contrary to their beliefs or opinions. This behavior is the root of a number of cognitive biases such as cherry picking or the backfire effect.Another thought pattern related to cognitive dissonance is a tendency to assume that the unobtainable has little value, a bias known as sour grapes.
|Definition||A sense of stress that results from internal inconsistencies.|
|Examples||Considering two seeming contradictory ideas at the same time.Actions that are inconsistent with beliefs.Encountering evidence that is contrary to beliefs.Wanting what you can't have.|
|Related Concepts||Cognitive BiasesSour Grapes|
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