Answer & Explanation

Refer to our .07B lecture to help you answer Prompt #1. 1A) Describe an example of cognitive dissonance (personal or otherwise). State the two original conflicting thoughts/behaviors. An easy example to choose is one with the following format: “I am a good person” … but I just thought/did “____________,” where the second thought/behavior is immoral in some fashion and conflicts with the idea that I am a good person. For instance, I would explain that I felt dissonance after I insulted my friend because I view myself as a good friend, and my actions were far from being a good friend in that scenario. Then, I would state that my thought “I am a good friend” conflicts with my immoral behavior in which “I just insulted my friend.” 1B) How could one modify their behavior to reduce the dissonance in your example? 1C) Identify a justification strategy one could use to resolve the dissonance in your example (i.e., trivialize a cognition, modify a cognition, or add a third cognition). 1D) Using the strategy you identified in 1C, what might someone say or do to justify their behavior in your example?

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