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Cognitive Dissonance?

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Submitted by Abdul Rahman Reijerink (Australia), May 28, 2006 at 12:08

My understanding of this constructivist theory is that the dissonance is not crazy thoughts or illogical ones (per your example), it is ones that make us uncomfortable and force us to reach cognitive equilibrium where we have rethought the ideas into a new whole.

This guy did not actually seem to be uncomfortable with his ideas as you and I are... did your discussion serve this purpose or not? I bet not. therefore he was not suffering from cognitive dissonance, just stupidity.

In peace,

Abdul Rahman.

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