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1. Cognitive Dissonance

1. Cognitive Dissonance

“Cognitive dissonance is when we have conflicting beliefs and try to ease the discomfort by creating a new belief.”

  • Aesop's fable of the fox and grapes is where the term "sour grapes" comes from.
  • The fox couldn't get the grapes, but instead of admitting defeat, he convinced himself they weren't good enough. This is cognitive dissonance - when two beliefs conflict.
  • E.g., if you don't get a job, you may tell yourself the job wasn't that great anyway.

When we can't get what we want, we often try to change our thoughts to justify our disappointment.

This can lead to mental stress and discomfort. 

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This series explores 21 different cognitive mind traps, fallacies, biases and other phenomenon that exist within your brain. This series is inspired by Daniel Kahneman's "Thinking Fast and Slow."

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