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Cognitive Dissonance

  • By: Lauren M. Hamel
  • In: Encyclopedia of Deception
  • Edited by: Timothy R. Levine
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Interpersonal Communication, Moral Development

Cognitive dissonance describes the state of simultaneously holding two or more conflicting cognitions. The aversive state that an individual experiences during this time is described as dissonance and can cause a variety of uncomfortable feelings and emotions such as guilt, anger, ...

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