Leon Festinger 's Cognitive Dissonance Theory Revolutionized The World Of Social Psychology

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Leon Festinger’s cognitive dissonance theory revolutionized the world of social psychology. It did so by focusing on the on-going cognitions in people’s minds, particularly- dissonant cognitions. His model stated that unpleasant feelings produced by dissonant cognitions motivate us to do something to change our state. My essay will focus on the reduction of dissonance, as I noted it to be an interesting phenomena which can be done in a multitude of ways- the most convenient being convincing ourselves that our behavior is logical and does, in fact make sense.

Following Festinger’s interests, this essay will shed light on matters regarding dissonant cognitions. The after-effects of negative and unpleasant occurrences, in my view, are far greater than the after-effects of positive occurrences. To put this opinion into perspective, imagine this situation- Mira is the captain of her university’s basketball team and they’re all set to play in tonight’s championship game. As the final buzzer sounds, Mira’s team has up a great fight, but not enough to beat the other team and take home the championship trophy. Surely, their effort will be remembered, but the tough loss will be etched in their memory for a long period of time. The feeling of regret- maybe they should have practiced some more of the passing drills- would create an unpleasant environment. On the contrary however, if they had won the championship, the feeling of ecstasy would be short-lived. Not to take away from…

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