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  • Writer's pictureAdil Malia

Cognitive Dissonance

Cognitive Dissonance is a natural aspect of the human psyche. When faced with a complex problem, our minds often grapple with conflicting dimensions, making decision-making a challenging task.

In a hypothetical scenario where a Burger Co wants to set up shop in a sacred town predominantly inhabited by vegetarians, conflicts may arise for the Minister, such as protecting religious sentiments, citizens' rights to choose their diet, legal precedents, personal preferences, and pressure from various groups etc.

Contradictory factors contributing to this state of confusion include personal feelings in conflict with past decisions, ideological clashes, conflicting beliefs, maintaining social appearances and emotional pressures from personal relationships.

To address cognitive dissonance effectively, some strategies include

1. Wearing a wisdom hat to review decisions objectively,

2. Practicing mindfulness

3. Delving deeper to find genuine reasons for decisions

4. Seeking input from trusted individuals, and

5. Openly communicating conflicting emotions during decision-making without garbing.

In essence, resolving cognitive dissonance requires wisdom, rationality & objectivity. Carl Jung aptly stated:

"where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict between thinking and feelings."

Understanding and embracing wisdom can lead to harmonizing conflicting thoughts and emotions thus facilitating better decision-making in challenging situations.

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