|Overview: Sour Grapes|
|Definition||Assuming that the unobtainable has little value in order to reduce cognitive dissonance.|
|Origin||Aesop's fables, 6th century BC|
|Related Concepts||Cognitive DissonanceMotivation|
What are Sour Grapes?
John Spacey, February 11, 2016 updated on April 22, 2017
Sour grapes is a tendency to assume that something a person can't obtain or achieve must have little value. It is a type of cognitive bias that is often explained by a sense of cognitive dissonance that occurs when a person desires something they can't obtain. By assuming that unobtainable things must have little value, this stress is reduced. The term sour grapes originates with a fable about a fox who sees grapes he can't reach so he assumes they must be sour.
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