Definition of cognitive dissonance in English:

cognitive dissonance

Line breaks: cog¦ni|tive dis|son¦ance

noun

[mass noun] Psychology
  • The state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioural decisions and attitude change.
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    • They often underpin what psychologists call cognitive dissonance - the process of holding two mutually exclusive beliefs without noticing the inherent opposition.
    • The cognitive dissonance inherent in this belief system makes it far less likely for a student to pursue the sciences for personal, family and community reasons.
    • There's cognitive dissonance between our professed support for meritocracy and our behaviour when our own children are involved.

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