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
psychol an uncomfortable mental state resulting from conflicting cognitions; usually resolved by changing some of the cognitions
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Word Origin and History for cognitive dissonance
1957, developed and apparently coined by U.S. social psychologist Leon Festinger (1919-1989).
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