Are Australians struggling with cognitive dissonance over #asylumseekers? ASRC’s @jj_juliajacob comments

Cognitive Dissonance is a phrase introduced by psychologist Festinger in the late 1950s to describe the mental conflict or psychological discomfort a person feels when their beliefs and assumptions are contradicted by new information. Human nature is such that when dealing with mental discomfort, it chooses to do one or more of the following 3 things to reduce this internal tension or dissonance; Change the belief, attitude or behaviour completely Justify the belief or behaviour Actively ignore, deny or avoid information that contradicts the existing beliefs Here are some every day instances most of us can relate to. You go out with friends and end up having one too many […]