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Cognitive Dissonance

Posted in musings on May 8, 2017 by beer

In the field of psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental discomfort (psychological stress) experienced by a person who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefs , ideas or values.

I wonder how people like my ex-mother-in-law deal with that on a daily basis.  On one hand she professes to be a christian, a believer in Jesus … yet on the other hand she supports Trump.

A conversation we had before the election went something like this:

Me: “So, Jesus would have said ‘grab her by the ..’ ?
Her: Well, no.
Me: “So, your father would have said ‘grab her by the ..’ ?
Her: … no.
Me: How about your husband? would he have said ‘grab her by the ..’ ?
Her: No.

And yet, someone who professes to be a christian supports the absolutely worse human to ever be in politics, a liar, a cheater. definitely not a christian.  All because she hated Hillary Clinton.

So whats the tally? A christian who supports a truly evil man, who by her own admission is nothing like the three men she greatly admires in life all because he isn’t someone she hates.

I imagine there is a great deal of Cognitive Dissonance going on in that head.  Not to mention hypocrisy and a whole lot of lying to herself that it is all one big liberal lie.  But she knows.

Its sad that 38% of America shares this perspective.  Well not the entire 38% .. there is a huge slice of that percent that is simply racist, and a decent sized slice that just don’t have the intellectual capacity to know that Trump is full of shit.