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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Origin of cognitive dissonance

First recorded in 1960–65
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British Dictionary definitions for cognitive dissonance

cognitive dissonance

noun

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