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Cognitive Dissonance

Is Trump Losing To A Mastermind Or A Moron?

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.07.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton is the dumbest, laziest, least-successful, most incompetent evil genius to ever orchestrate the most complicated conspi...

Where Is Common Ground? Where Is Community?

Andy Watts | Posted 07.18.2016 | Religion
Andy Watts

America must understand that Black Lives Matter is a movement born from the human spirit seeking community, harmony, and flourishing. It is biblical in its cause, revolutionary in its spirit, and democratic in its goals.

Personal beliefs versus scientific innovation: getting past a flat Earth mentality

The Conversation US | Posted 06.14.2016 | Science
The Conversation US

By Igor Juricevic, Indiana University South Bend The history of science is also a history of people resisting new discoveries that conflict with conv...

Do You Have Religion or a Relationship With God?

Tim Rymel | Posted 06.06.2016 | Religion
Tim Rymel

I can't begin to count how many messages and emails I've received from people telling me the reason I'm gay is because I didn't do God the right way. ...

It's Not Just Trump Voters Who Believe Their Candidate's Lies

Rick Shenkman | Posted 04.11.2016 | Politics
Rick Shenkman

Donald Trump's voters have been ridiculed for their willingness to overlook his inconsistencies and lies, but this is what all voters do once they've become committed to a particular candidate. Cognitive dissonance theory explains why.

"Showing Up" for Conversations that Feel Scary

Living Room Conversations | Posted 12.05.2016 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

by: Keith Kozloff Peace-building at any level requires that the parties in conflict "show up" voluntarily for conversations that aren't easy. Not su...

Do Parents Misjudge Their Child's Happiness?

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 09.02.2016 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

You as a parent always have an edge in evaluating your own child because you hold the key to his history. The important thing to remember is to be objective through empathy, and to not use defense which can cause projection to influence your objectivity through projection.

100 Walkers" Subverts in West Hollwood on April 18

Lisa Derrick | Posted 06.16.2015 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

It's disingenuous that nobody walks in LA--we have a become a stroller's paradise, with art walks abounding in every neighborhood.

Michael McAuliff

Why The Obamacare Doomsday Cult Can't Admit It's Wrong | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the 1950s, the psychologist Leon Festinger became fascinated by a Chicago woman pseudonymously named Marian Keech, who convinced hers...

Civil Dissonance

Lisa Longo | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Lisa Longo

I've been thinking a lot about the world we've created. And I've come to the conclusion that it makes absolutely no sense. None. Not even a little.

The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.

Ryan Kristobak

The One Rapper's Name You Need To Learn In 2014 | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 10.15.2014 | Entertainment

Perceive what you want, believe what you want My teeth had a lock I learned people will speak if you don't They'll speak if you don't They'll spea...

4 Reasons Not to Threaten Friendships Because of Political Differences

Kevin Goodman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Kevin Goodman

It may sound counterintuitive but we shouldn't want our party to be the only party because the other party (or parties) helps keep us in check and that ultimately helps protect our liberty. This is rooted in our history.

8 Subconscious Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day -- And How to Avoid Them

Belle Beth Cooper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Belle Beth Cooper

Being aware of the mistakes we naturally make in our thinking can make a big difference in avoiding them. Unfortunately, most of these occur subconsciously, so it will also take time and effort to avoid them -- if you even want to.

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff? No Sweat

Jennifer Rosen | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rosen

Watching my friend in action, I was so impressed by how easily he deflected the slings and arrows of small stuff. By putting things into their proper perspective, my friend bypasses squandering even an ounce of sweat on drivel.

Yes, We're Honest When Nobody's Watching

Posted 07.26.2013 | Healthy Living

Are you an honest person when nobody’s watching? Well, riddle us this: Would you pay for something if you were nearly certain you could take it f...

Lying Politicians, and the Difference Between Being Lied TO, and Lied FOR

David Ropeik | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
David Ropeik

Political conventions are like the camp fire on the night before battle (or the day before the big game), when the chieftains rally the troops, impassion the tribe, fire up the true believers, or, as politicians might put it, appeal to the base. Neither conventions nor politics are for truth.

Todd Akin, Cognitive Dissonance, and the Quest for Decency

Elliot Aronson | Posted 10.29.2012 | Science
Elliot Aronson

I, too, am appalled by the outrageous ignorance of Mr. Akin's belief, but I would not call him heartless. Rather, I would suggest that Akin is a man suffering from the pain of cognitive dissonance.

The Cognitive Dissonance of Republican Logic

Jason Stanford | Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Republicans believe that government spending causes unemployment. But we can't cut the defense budget, because that would put people out of work.

Do as I Say, Not as I Want: Dissonance in Conservative Immigration Policy and Practice

Richey Piiparinen | Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics
Richey Piiparinen

Instead of dealing with the conflict that comes with both demanding and demonizing immigrants, we bury our heads away from the reality that conflict exists.


Denise M. Wilbanks | Posted 06.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Denise M. Wilbanks

As a writer I pull from various data sets to complete any one of my articles. One of my favorite areas to extract content from is music. I utilize ly...

Moral Disgust: A Theory of Relativity

Rachel Herz | Posted 04.02.2012 | Science
Rachel Herz

With "the big game" a few days away, here is a glimpse into how football reveals some of the secrets of our moral universe and why we laud or are disgusted by various behaviors and people.

Determination -- Is Yours Holding You Back?

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 11.07.2011 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

As you embark on changes large and small, try to keep your eyes on the prize and put a positive spin on setbacks. In other words, choose to change, and stick to it. Yet realize your very commitment is going to make it hard to hear negative feedback.

Can "True Believers" Sue Harold Camping?

Jennifer Ketcham | Posted 07.23.2011 | Los Angeles
Jennifer Ketcham

Claiming Camping knew he was "wrong" -- a.k.a. lying -- is a big deal because Harold Camping made some fairly serious claims when he started talking about Judgment Day.

Are Parental Decisions Driven By Reason Or Passions?

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Parenting is an emotional business, where even the lessons of science can be trumped by fears, needs and hopes.