Definition of cognitive dissonance in English:

cognitive dissonance


  • The state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change.

    • ‘They often underpin what psychologists call cognitive dissonance - the process of holding two mutually exclusive beliefs without noticing the inherent opposition.’
    • ‘The cognitive dissonance inherent in this belief system makes it far less likely for a student to pursue the sciences for personal, family and community reasons.’
    • ‘Does this cognitive dissonance signal an underlying problem in my psyche?’
    • ‘In universities, disagreement and cognitive dissonance are not to be feared but, rather, to be recognized as way stations toward greater understanding.’
    • ‘There's cognitive dissonance between our professed support for meritocracy and our behaviour when our own children are involved.’