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(psychology) A conflict or anxiety resulting from inconsistencies between one's beliefs and one's actions or other beliefs.
The theory of cognitive dissonance is supposed to explain why people gamble.
If they try to have open minds they experience cognitive dissonance.
But if you are a fanatic, that realization would cause too much cognitive dissonance to sink in.
It could therefore be expected to set up cognitive dissonance in anyone considering voting conservative.
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