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Originally posted by dragonking76
When does the ideology of these groups become the norm?
Originally posted by dragonking76Though how far do you have to go until you become just another variant of sheeple?
Originally posted by cognoscente
I tend to believe that this occurs when the collective group becomes capable of convincing others that their ideas put themselves at risk of danger......... Constantly changing circumstances alter both the nature and consequent validity of any opinion.
The theory of cognitive dissonance in social psychology proposes that people have a motivational drive to reduce dissonance by altering existing cognitions, adding new ones to create a consistent belief system, or alternatively by reducing the importance of any one of the dissonant elements. It is the distressing mental state that people feel when they "find themselves doing things that don't fit with what they know, or having opinions that do not fit with other opinions they hold." A key assumption is that people want their expectations to meet reality, creating a sense of equilibrium. Likewise, another assumption is that a person will avoid situations or information sources that give rise to feelings of uneasiness, or dissonance.