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cognitive dissonance

noun, Psychology
anxiety that results from simultaneously holding contradictory or otherwise incompatible attitudes, beliefs, or the like, as when one likes a person but disapproves strongly of one of his or her habits.
1960-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The cognitive dissonance could be part of the action.
British Dictionary definitions for cognitive dissonance

cognitive dissonance

(psychol) an uncomfortable mental state resulting from conflicting cognitions; usually resolved by changing some of the cognitions
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Word Origin and History for cognitive dissonance

1957, developed and apparently coined by U.S. social psychologist Leon Festinger (1919-1989).

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