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.

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1960–65

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cognitive dissonance
 
n
psychol an uncomfortable mental state resulting from conflicting cognitions; usually resolved by changing some of the cognitions

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cognitive dissonance
1957, developed and apparently coined by U.S. social psychologist Leon Festinger (1919-1989).
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Example sentences
People don't live this kind of cognitive dissonance.
Cognitive dissonance is far more easily ignored than confronted.
So let me put it another way, at the risk of a certain cognitive dissonance.
The cognitive dissonance could be part of the action.
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