Cognitive dissonance is the dissonance between ideas.
While positive disintegration is the disintegration of emotion.
An example of cognitive dissonance is between a belief in MBTI and knowing that MBTI is Invalid and Unreliable.
And an example of positive disintegration is between delight and fear. As it is not usually possible or desirable to feel delight and fear at the same time, it then becomes impossible to feel and we start to disintegrate.
And in the same way, as it is not usually possible or even desirable to entertain two contradictory ideas at the same time, we lose our ability to think.
So cognitive dissonance leads us to lose our ability to think; and positive disintegration leads us to lose our ability to feel.
Fortunately when we lose our ability to think and feel, we are cast back onto our deeper selves - and if we are prepared to work with our dissonance and disintegration, we will often discover a new thought or a new feeling.
Unfortunately dissonance and disintegration are painful and disorientating, so we are inclined to avoid them.
For dissonance and disintegration are the University of Life. And when you experience them, you are experiencing the University Orientation Week - a hiatus to prepare you for the changes ahead.
So to experience dissonance or disintegration fully and fruitfully, you really need to take a week off - you are like a pupa in a chrysalis - and you will emerge as a butterfly.