Monday, September 26, 2011

Cognitive Dissonance…

 …means holding conflicting ideas simultaneously; disagreeing with what you know. The theory of cognitive dissonance proposes that people have a motivational drive to reduce dissonance (lack of agreement). They do this by changing their attitudes, beliefs, and actions. Dissonance is also reduced by justifying, blaming, and denying.

I’m trying to find alternatives to titling most of my posts about Republicans, “Fucking Hypocrites.” ‘Why,’ you may ask? Because to Republicans, when a Republican does something, it’s a glorious, patriotic, freedom-loving act, but if a Democrat (or anyone else, for that matter) does the exact same thing, then 9.9999 times out of 10, it’s a satan-worshipping, communist-loving, freedom-hating act. Now, I’m probably going to want to title all my posts ‘Cognitive Dissonance.’

My friend, Mark, posted a link to a FOX “News” video about a rock band, Clutch. He lightly expressed his bemusement that the conservative site would do a story about this type of music. Following his lead, I made a wisecrack about a BP commercial before the clip. That was it. No politics.

Then Kathy entered the thread.

She’s another one you’ll get to know on this blog, like the aforementioned Richard on previous posts.

Ah, conservatives. Ya gotta love their cognitive dissonance.

The names have been changed to protect the innocent and the guilty – and all the shady characters in between.