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We all have a hard time admitting that we're wrong, but according to a new book about human psychology, it's not entirely our fault. Social psychologist Elliot Aronson says our brains work hard to make us think we are doing the right thing, even in the face of sometimes overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
There is an unpleasant feeling that Festinger called "cognitive dissonance." Cognitive dissonance is a state of tension that occurs whenever a person holds two cognitions (ideas, attitudes, beliefs, opinions) that are psychologically inconsistent
The phenomena of not experiencing a belief change when forced to act against one's beliefs with high external justification.
Originally posted by DaRAGE
YEs thankyou for this post. Just in the nick of time too.
Originally posted by andy1033
What the thought police are out again, does anyone think its our own business how we think.
Studies of how people seek out information that is consonant rather than dissonant with their own views, so as to avoid cognitive dissonance (Frey, 1986);
Studies of how people respond to information that is inconsistent with their firmly-held beliefs, attitudes, or commitments (Festinger, Riecken, & Schachter, 1956; Batson, 1975; Burris, Harmon-Jones, Tarpley, 1997).
We must always try to disprove our own theories. “We can solidly settle our ideas only by trying to destroy our own conclusions by counter-experiments” . What is observably true is the only authority. If through experiment, you contradict your own conclusions—you must accept the contradiction--but only on one condition: that the contradiction is PROVED.
Originally posted by an0maly33
i realized this a long time ago in not so specific terms. it actually baffles people when i say "you know what your viewpoint makes a lot of sense. you're probably right."
the last thing anyone expects you to do is concede your argument even though they may be so sure that you're wrong. i think it adds a little to how people think of you if they know you can be that objective.
Originally posted by Kruel
Indeed. People are often more concerned about protecting their own ego rather than accepting the truth. I think much of it has to do with having a fear of possibly regretting past actions.
Tedeschi has argued that maintaining cognitive consistency is a way to protect public self-image (Tedeschi, Schlenker & Bonoma, 1971).
cognitive evolution, thought can be understood as the ability to control the production, reproduction and association of memes in the minds of humans. What follows is the possibility of evolution at the memetic level. The emergence of human thought marks the appearance of a new mechanism of evolution: conscious human effort instead of natural selection. The variation and selection necessary for the increase of complexity of the organization of matter now takes place in the human brain; it becomes inseparable from the willed act of the human being.
Perhaps the most powerful medium for meme transmission is the computer network, and this implies some specific characteristics for memes on the net.
Meme: an information pattern, held in an individual's memory, which is capable of being copied to another individual's memory.
Originally posted by Wolfie_UK
PS It did take me a while to grow up lol