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Cognitive Dissonance

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The One Rapper's Name You Need To Learn In 2014

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 03.04.2014 | 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 sp...

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.

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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.

Neuroscience, Meet Conceptual Art

Carl Schoonover | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carl Schoonover

In making the case for the raw aesthetic appeal of neuroscience data, I focus on the powerful ideas that have given us this striking visual vocabulary.

A Brain-Based Solution To the Obesity Epidemic?

Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D.

Maybe the answer to the current health crisis lies in not just eating and exercise recommendations, but in thinking about one's thinking more intelligently.

The Alaska Contradiction (Why the Right Doesn't Want You to Notice the Streetlights)

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Traub

A cognitive dissonance animates the Right in America, and the New York Times nails it with today's front page case study of Alaska. The state depends ...

Cognitive Dissonance: Why We Rationalize Our Life Circumstances

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

What are the psychological consequences when this human liberty is violated? When borders are closed and exit papers withheld?

Why Are All the Lights in My Hotel Room On? Giving Customers Cognitive Dissonance

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Winston

The cognitive dissonance of arriving at a room with every light blazing and then being asked to hang a towel up to save energy can cause even the mildly environmentally aware customers some heartburn.

Afghanistan: The Psychology of Failure as Justification for Continuing Futility

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

Just like we did in Vietnam, we see the situation in Afghanistan through spectacles that convince us that our victory is preordained, even as the results are increasingly dismal.

Coming to Grips with "The Technicality Generation"

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

If we continue to be "technically correct" without being morally centered as well, I can't help but recall with dread the old proverb: If we don't change our direction, we're liable to get where we're headed.

Little Me, Stand up to the Big Doctor? Sometimes Cognitive Dissonance Is Worth The Toll It Takes!

Lisa Guest | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Guest

I got good news today at the City of Hope. No part of me went in there this morning thinking that the news was going to be good. What have I learned beyond how blessed I am?

When is Chiropractic Care a Scam? What About Reflexology? Magnetic Therapy?

Todd Kashdan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Todd Kashdan

When someone is in chronic pain, unable to function, they are susceptible to charismatic people who claim to have the answers.

Masschusetts: Poll Coverage and Dissonant Ads

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

This morning, I'm sure of only one thing about the Massachusetts Senate race: The perception among Massachusetts voters that Democrat Martha Coakley i...

Why Is It So Hard To Make That Job Change?

Srinivasan Pillay | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Srinivasan Pillay

In order for change to occur, cognitive dissonance is essential. What is cognitive dissonance? Cognitive dissonance is a conflict between two ideas that one holds at the same time in one's mind.