Cognitive Dissonance And The Reduction Of Dissonance Essay

803 Words Dec 15th, 2015 4 Pages
Human behavior is a very unique thing with many aspects to it. Why people do things and what causes them to behave the way they do stems from different theories within psychology. According to Aronson,Wilson,& Akert (2014), the overall goal is to maintain a healthy and positive self-perception. Sometimes in life we behave or do things that aren’t like ourselves and that go against our self-perception of ourselves, the feeling you get when this happens is called cognitive dissonance (Aronson et al; 2014). Cognitive dissonance is the uncomfortable feeling that succumbs you when you act in a way that doesn’t line up with your customary positive image. Coincidently, dissonance does have ways to be lowered (Aronson et al; 2014). The reduction of dissonance can be accomplished in three different ways. First, simply changing your overall behavior, changing one of your present cognitions to fit the desired behavior, or justifying behaviors by adding more cognitions to the present (Aronson et al;2014). The two articles will be carefully examined and related back to cognitive dissonance, as well as a detailed comparison between the two scholarly articles. This paper will conclude with highlights of the importance of cognitive dissonance and the major results of the studies from the research articles.

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Human behavior is a very unique thing with many aspects to it. Why people do things and what causes them to behave the way they do stems from different theories…

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