Friday, April 27, 2007

cognitive dissonance

n. Psychology -A condition of conflict or anxiety resulting from inconsistency between one's beliefs and one's actions.

Don't we all suffer from this?


Tim Stewart said...

Maybe it's like a spectrum. There are those folks who believe one thing and do another, and yet can't for the life of them see the inconsistency in their life. Those might be the folks on one end of the spectrum, the ones who need professional help—the ones who can't see the dissonance in their life. Farther up the spectrum are those of us who struggle with dissonance (Paul of Tarsus, anyone?) or that have such a slight degree of dissonance that we can't really be said to be struggling with it. Jesus would be an interesting person to put on the spectrum. He didn't struggle with what he was going to do. He suffered, yes. He was tempted, yes. He probably considered what would happen if he allowed his actions to diverge from what he knew was right. But he rejected those divergent actions every time. His thoughts and deeds were in perfect alignment.

Jesus-based psychology. Sign me up for a session of that! :-)

hanna said...

More psychology
Ever heard of hindsight bias or i-knew-it-all-along phenomenon?
- the tendency to believe after learning an outcome, that one would have forseen it.
Eso ocurre a menudo, verad?! je,je

hanna said...

A grain-of-sand-sized speck of our brain contains 100,000 neurons and one billion synapses.

Is that evolution or coincidence...don't think so!!
God is amazing!!