As humans, we seek consistency in our actions and beliefs. Sometimes, we do things or think things that are totally contrary to our values or beliefs. Recognizing a contradiction can be difficult and even stressful depending on the severity of the importance of the contradicted beliefs or values to you. Cognitive dissonance is the feeling of tension or discomfort that you feel as a result.
Cognitive dissonance is when two opposing thoughts are present or your behavior conflicts with your beliefs. You may feel uncomfortable. If you are like most people, the dissonance is a feeling that you have to overcome. It's something you have to do, even though it is uncomfortable. Take help from the Best psychologist in India and learn ways to tackle your cognitive dissonance.
Examples of Cognitive Dissonance
People who smoke are common victims of cognitive dissonance. They are aware that smoking can cause cancer. But they continue to smoke despite its harmful effects on their health. Every day is full of dissonance. Dissonance can be present in any decision you make. The dissonance that we experience every day is often insignificant enough to be reduced automatically, sometimes without even realizing it. When beliefs or actions that are important to you conflict with your values and beliefs, you feel more psychological discomfort in the form of anger, stress, and irritability.
How to Reduce Cognitive Dissonance
You must make changes to restore balance if you don't want to live in dissonance. Experts and top psychologists in India recognize different methods to reduce cognitive dissonance.
1. Mindfulness. We often deal with cognitive inconsistencies while not being aware. First, notice the inconsistencies between your thoughts. Mindfulness practice can help us increase our awareness. Mindfulness practice can help us to be more open to our observations and not judge.
2. Question your current beliefs. Next, identify the root cause of our inconsistencies. It is possible to gain deeper self-knowledge by understanding your beliefs and values that are behind inconsistencies. Sometimes it can be helpful to question our beliefs. This can be uncomfortable and difficult.
3. Make a change in your beliefs. We are constantly changing our perception of "how things are". Our minds constantly filter out contradicting information to support our beliefs. A person who smokes might look for scientific evidence that suggests smoking doesn't cause cancer and may believe it. They will experience less dissonance if they carry on their smoking habits. Changing these belief systems can help you achieve that.
4. Be true to yourself and your beliefs. This is an example of someone who spends too much money. Someone who spends money recklessly might think that it's okay to throw their money away. In an effort to justify their risky behavior, they might say "you never know when it will end." Being true to oneself can be helpful in self-awareness and changing habits that can be conflicting based on your value system.
5. Change your behavior. One method to lessen cognitive dissonance is to make changes in behavior. After a few drinks, a person who drinks and drives may choose to stop. Or, they might decide to hire a taxi. Cognitive dissonance can be relieved by changing either one of these behaviors. It will bring their actions in line with what they know about the dangers associated with drinking and driving.
Cognitive Dissonance in Relationships
Our relationships can also be affected by cognitive dissonance. The way we deal with it and how we handle it frequently can have a positive or negative impact on our relationships. Most relationships are built around shared beliefs, values, and attitudes. We perceive dissonance when our friends and partners act in a way that is not compatible with our values and beliefs. We can use our Coping Mechanisms to justify our friends' or partners' behavior and our relationship with them, trivialize their behavior or make it more important, and try to change their behavior or our own behavior.
This gives us the opportunity to talk about our differences, deepen our relationship, and re-align our values. Negative behavior can be justified or trivialized, or the relationship may end. Important values are hotspots of cognitive dissonance in romantic relationships. They often center on major decisions such as having children, lifestyle choices (e.g. buying a house or traveling the world), and other issues that affect family and friends.
Romantic relationships can also be influenced by the expectation that family members will share common values and beliefs. These expectations may not be compatible and we might need to justify our relationship or end it. Cognitive dissonance can lead to toxic relationships and even worse behavior. Get help from the best Online Marriage Counselors at TalktoAngel No 1 Online Counselling & Therapy Platform in India & Asia Pacific.
How Online counseling can be helpful?
Online therapy can help people to reflect on their thoughts and take control. People can sometimes sense dissonance when they adopt a more constructive and positive behavior. It can be helpful to give people the time and space to reflect on their behavior and justify it. Therapy is one way to make it happen. Dissonant thoughts can make people feel uncomfortable and may hinder their ability to think positively. People may be more inclined to follow their wishes and achieve their therapeutic goals if they are given the chance to design aspects of their therapy or online counseling.
If you would like to learn more about Cognitive Dissonance and live blissfully, seeking consultation for thinking challenges with the Best Clinical Psychologists will help you to understand your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors and enable you to better understand your emotional trauma, depression, and anxiety, stress, and healthy behavioral skills. You can also meet in the clinic with the best clinical psychologists & parenting coaches at Psychowellness Center, a multi-location clinic at Janakpuri, Dwarka, Vasant Vihar, Gurgaon, NOIDA, Faridabad, and Delhi NCR.
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Contributed By:- Dr (Prof) R K Suri Clinical Psychologist & Life Coach & Mr. Utkarsh Yadav, Psychologist
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