Curmudgeon in Training (CIT)
- Apr 13, 2009
- Warren, VT USA
Cognitive dissonance is pretty much required if you are going to pursue aviation in any real manner."Motivated reasoning" is what social scientists call the process of deciding what evidence to accept based on the conclusion one prefers.
To maintain positive self-regard, people knowingly discount troubling information that contradicts their own views. Individuals engage in motivated reasoning as a way to avoid or lessen cognitive dissonance (the term for the state of discomfort felt when two or more modes of thought contradict each other), the mental discomfort people experience when confronted by contradictory information, especially on matters that directly relate to their comfort, happiness , and mental health.
In summary: Rather than re-examining a contradiction, it’s much easier to dismiss it.
Someone owes me $1200 for this session.
And I prefer the way Teri Garr said "Sank you Doktor." in Young Frahnkensteen.