Question: Is cognitive dissonance a mental illness?

Cognitive dissonance is a mental conflict that occurs when your beliefs dont line up with your actions. Its an uncomfortable state of mind when someone has contradictory values, attitudes, or perspectives about the same thing.

What is an example of cognitive dissonance theory?

This produces a feeling of mental discomfort leading to an alteration in one of the attitudes, beliefs or behaviors to reduce the discomfort and restore balance. For example, when people smoke (behavior) and they know that smoking causes cancer (cognition), they are in a state of cognitive dissonance.

Whats the difference between hypocrisy and cognitive dissonance?

Because this situation produces feelings of discomfort, the individual strives to change one of the beliefs or behaviors in order to avoid being inconsistent. Hypocrisy is a special case of cognitive dissonance, produced when a person freely chooses to promote a behavior that they do not themselves practice.

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