noun[mass noun] Psychology
- The state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioural decisions and attitude change.More example sentences
- 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.
More definitions of cognitive dissonanceDefinition of cognitive dissonance in:
- The US English dictionary