speaking of cognitive dissonance...
speaking of cognitive dissonance...
How and Why We Lie to Ourselves: Cognitive Dissonance
Evaluating the entertainment value of an experiment is a poor example for this concept. It's assuming the enjoyment gained from the experience is entirely related to the moment in which it's experienced. Furthermore, there is an assumption that the person can accurately report their feelings at that time "with more accuracy than at another time."
There is a confusion here. They are talking about reporting "the happiness at moment of time X." That is something that in theory, could have been measured scientifically. However, any individual reporting will be biased by the context. People often associate repetitive work-based tasks with negativity "by definition."
If I had a great time driving cars at excessive speeds, it's true that I enjoyed it at the time. However, I might end up crashing and injuring myself. After that, I will likely reduce the enjoyment I felt "at the time X." The memory I have altered, so to speak, is completely legitimate. I now associate the event with less enjoyment. If one were to time travel with my memories as a model, I'd likely see myself enjoying the driving "less" than I had at the beginning of this paragraph.
There is a difference between utilizing the complexity of the human mind for self-advantage and denying the existence of facts independent of said mind. It's troublesome that science, especially psychology, insists on making the human conception of reality conform to external observations of physicality rather than observations of the benefits to human existence. Or more simply, science cares more about whether the tree is really "green" than if accepting it is red makes everyone happiest. You can distinguish different views of reality but the human mind should not enslave itself to an methodology, scientific or otherwise.
I'm also skeptical of the whole cognitive dissonance theory. I used to worry greatly about dissonance. Since I've adopted an attitude of flexibility and appreciation when it comes to contradictions, I've been much happier and successful in my life.
Interesting article on cognitive dissonance.
The dark world of our inner motivations.
This could be difficult to grasp as the example already starts with an involvement of a lie none the less 'Cognitive Dissonance' happens almost all the time and maybe a different way of interpretation could be "by being aware one could influence the other to react in an unaware state of mind" which than continues exponentially and therefore the truth could be declared more present within lots of other spices than humans! Ghadello
From the page: "Cognitive dissonance
What you've just experienced is the power of cognitive dissonance. Social psychologists studying cognitive dissonance are interested in the way we deal with two thoughts that contradict each other - and how we deal with this contradiction.
In this case: you thought the task was boring to start off with then you were paid to tell someone else the task was interesting. But, you're not the kind of person to casually go around lying to people. So how can you resolve your view of yourself as an honest person with lying to the next participant? The amount of money you were paid hardly salves your conscience - it was nice but not that nice.
Your mind resolves this conundrum by deciding that actually the study was pretty interesting after all. You are helped to this conclusion by the experimenter who tells you other people also thought the study was pretty interesting.
Your friend, meanwhile, has no need of these mental machinations. She merely thinks to herself: I've been paid $20 to lie, that's a small fortune for a student like me, and more than justifies my fibbing. The task was boring and still is boring whatever the experimenter tells me. "
Hooray for Comm Theory!
A good read.
Good classic study that is good to know about. We are not even aware how much we actually lie to ourselves. For more on cognitive dissonance see http://www.cassiopedia.org/wiki/index.php?title=Cognitive_dissonance
The above cartoon illustrates an example of cognitive dissonance.
Great article! The only way to find the truth is to first discover that we lie to ourselves.
From the page: A classic 1959 social psychology experiment demonstrates how and why we lie to ourselves. Understanding this experiment sheds a brilliant light on the dark world of our inner motivations...
Great Article, answers some questions and has me questioning others, will read this in more detail again.
How and Why We Lie to OurselvesCognitive Dissonance
A short but interesting article on the mechanics of how we convince ourselves to believe our own lies. There are links to longer articles should you thirst for more knowledge.
such experiments are always interesting