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7 Ways to Combat Your Own Cognitive Dissonance

Saturday, September 5, 2015 3:34
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by Gary ‘Z’ McGee
Waking Times

“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against the core belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit with the core belief” – Frantz Fanon

In a world where disconnection is rampant dissociation, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to navigate the unhealthy waters, and even more difficult to discover healthier waters. We often cannot even see how things are connected because we are so far removed from any sort of healthy community. Our nature deprivation is a pandemic. Like Dan Schreiber said, Dan Schreiber said, “We all share this cognitive dissonance, this dis-connectivity. So much so that in many cases, the connected ones seem insane!”


As it stands, cognitive dissonance is a formidable adversary. One that utterly destroys the majority of people. But this is something we alone must overcome. Indeed, a huge part of combating cognitive dissonance is gaining the ability to navigate between an outdated worldview and an updated one. Going from a conditioned state to a reconditioned state is no picnic, but the alternative is worse: stagnation. Here are seven ways to combat cognitive dissonance.
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