Can someone explain what cognitive dissonace means ? I cant help it but it sounds totally uncool
Well, one way of looking at it is this - the normal mind can hold one idea at a time, the slightly abnormal mind can hold two ideas at a time, and the more abnormal the more ideas.
So cognitive dissonance comes in at the margins. So if we can hold one idea, we experience cognitive dissonance when two ideas are presented to us at the same time, particularly if the ideas are less than compatible.
And if we can hold two ideas at the same time, we experience cognitive dissonance when we are presentd with three ideas. In other words we experience cognitive dissonance when we are presented with more ideas than we can digest at the same time.
And our mental indigestion is experienced as emotional pain. This is why cognitive dissonance is emotionally painful.
However some of us love ideas for their own sake. We are in love with ideas and feel ideas love us. We have a romantic relationship with ideas.
But true love never runs smoothly and cognitive dissonance adds to the drama and the desire.
Also we are inclined to fall in love with an idea, then after a while we become dissillusioned and fall out of love. This is also dramatic and dissonant but clears the palate of our desire, and prepares us to fall in love with the next irresitible idea.
And in the natural course of events falling in love with ideas ineluctably leads to the birth of new ideas.
Isn't she beautiful! Worth all the travail, worth all the cognitive dissonance.