I know some of you may be reading the title of this blog and said, “What is she ranting about now?”
I won’t rant this time.
Now that you all know I’m lying, let’s talk about cognitive dissonance and how we use excuses to persuade ourselves to have a change in thoughts or beliefs (as well as attitudes) so no one can call us hypocrites.
Not too bad right?
Let’s start off with the definition of Cognitive Dissonance:
the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change.
We’ve all had a strong belief about something before, whether it’s personal or not, that we sworn we’d always believe in. Then one day some facts from the opposing side or excuses comes along, and you find yourself being inconsistent.
For example, I always preach about how important voting is and how we should use our right to vote in order to really make a change. I really do believe in that statement.
Here’s where the cognitive dissonance comes in:
I have not voted in the past couple of years. In order to persuade myself that I can still believe in that statement even though I haven’t voted, I told myself that there are other things I could do to make a change. However, I still urge others to go out and vote.
Ladies and Gentlemen….
I am a hypocrite.
Yes, I’m fully aware of how that’s not a good thing and I am trying to change that.
I’ve used persuasion to reassure myself that I am still able to believe in things without doing them myself, and that is extremely wrong.
Here’s a quote that many of us need to think about:
When we do something that is not in line with our beliefs, we change our beliefs.”
This quote relates to a lot of people and whether we want to admit it or not, that’s hypocritical because we bash others who don’t do what we believe in.
Here’s another example,
Have you ever told yourself that you were going to donate to a charity as soon as you got paid? Then when you did get paid, you made an excuse as to why it wasn’t the right thing to do? You might’ve said volunteering or donating food would be more beneficial than money.
After that, you go on social media sharing posts about how we need to donate to charities in order to create a better world.
I’ve seen this happen before.
Many people don’t understand how powerful persuasion can be in our every day lives, without us even knowing it. We use it to create this sense of “It’s okay” when being hypocritical, when it’s not.
The word of the day is “Cognitive Dissonance”
Let’s find a way to change that.