|Overview: Sour Grapes|
Assuming that the unobtainable has little value in order to reduce cognitive dissonance.
Aesop's fables, 6th century BC
What are Sour Grapes?
John Spacey, updated on April 23, 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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