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Cognitive Dissonance & Double-Think: see Psychology & Religion & Mental Health & Mormonism & Mind & Belief & Life’s Like That & Cults

Veronica Roth - Jordan Maxwell - David Hume - John Milton - George Orwell - William James - William Faulkner - John Steinbeck - Anonymous & Author Unknown - 

 

 

6,581.  Every faction conditions its members to think and act a certain way.  And most people do it.  For most people, it's not hard to learn, to find a pattern of thought that works and stay that way.  But our minds move in a dozen different directions.  We can't be confined to one way of thinking, and that terrifies our leaders.  It means we can't be controlled.  And it means that no matter what they do, we will always cause trouble for them.  (Think & Mind & Cults & Control & Cognitive Dissonance)  Veronica Roth, Divergent
 

 

67,732.  You’re mind cannot be wrapped around that information.  You just don’t want to hear it.  Jordan Maxwell, interview with Alex Jones 27th June 2008

 

 

67,733.  The heart of man is made to reconcile the most glaring contradictions.  David Hume, Essays: Moral and Political 1741-2

 

 

67,734.  And filled the air with barbarous dissonance.  John Milton, Comus 1637 

 

 

67,735.  Double-think means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously and accepting both of them.  The party intellectual knows in which direction his memories must be altered, therefore he knows that he is playing tricks with reality; but by the exercise of double think, he also satisfies himself that reality is not violated.  (Cognitive Dissonance & Mormon & Cult)  George Orwell

 

 

67,736.  We need only in cold blood ACT as if the thing in question were real, and keep acting as if it were real, and it will infallibly end by growing into such a connection with our life that it will become real.  William James

 

 

67,737.  It is a happy faculty of the mind to slough that which conscience refuses to assimilate.  William Faulkner, Light in August

 

 

67,738.  This is the greatest mystery of the human mind--the inductive leap.  Everything falls into place, irrelevancies relate, dissonance becomes harmony, and nonsense wears a crown of meaning.  But the clarifying leap springs from the rich soil of confusion, and the leaper is not unfamiliar with pain.  John Steinbeck, Sweet Thursday

 

 

37,873.  Cognitive dissonance is at the root of denial.  Fear is at the root of cognitive dissonance.  The extent of our fear is determined by our general tendencies in that regard, and our beliefs.  The nature of our beliefs determine our vulnerability to the issue in question.  For example, I used to fear not being with my family in the Celestial Kingdom and wanted to be there with them.  Fear and desire walk down this path hand in hand.  Hence I obeyed the rules designed to get me what I wanted and avoid what I feared.  As soon as I no longer believed that the Celestial Kingdom existed, my motivation to do many things evaporated, including some that I did not even know were related to that belief disappeared.  (Mormon & Cognitive Dissonance)  Anonymous, board post 29th March 2005 ‘Why Can’t Insiders Accurately Perceive Their Own Culture’

 

 

37,874.  Biases and cognitive dissonance play important roles in the psychological matrix that reduces the likelihood that sacred beliefs will be questioned.  For example, once we have made up our minds about something and held the opinion for some time, we are biased in favor of not changing our minds.  This is called ‘confirmation bias’.  Some psychologists believe that it alone is responsible for more faulty human decisions than any other human foible ...

 

A cognition is a piece of knowledge about an attitude, an emotion, a behaviour, a value, etc.  Two cognitions are said to be dissonant (thus producing ‘cognitive dissonance’) if one cognition conflicts with another.  For example, I like my friend, and trust him.  Various cognitions relate to this.  If I find out that my friend has lied to me, other cognitions form that are dissonant with those I already hold.  Cognitive dissonance is the term used to describe the resulting unpleasant mental state, which most humans immediately attempt to relieve themselves of much as they look for water when thirsty.


If two cognitions are dissonant, we tend to change one or both to make them consistent with each other.  This often results in what is sometimes called ‘denial’ – the suppression or unrealistic appraisal of evidence in an effort to reduce cognitive dissonance.  Denial is, by definition, invisible to the person or group that is subject to it, but often easily visible to outsiders.  (Mormon & Cognitive Dissonance)  Anonymous, board post 21st July 2005 ‘Mormon Polygamy and Apologetics – An Overview’