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Your best friend is having a beer bash tonight Everyone you talk to indicated his or her positive intentions of going to the best beer bash of the millennium However you have a Psyc 101 final next morning that you havent studied for Your midterm scores have been low going into the final but everyone claims that the final is easy every semester Should you stay home and study for the final or go to this millennium beer bash and merrily consume alcohol Above stated scenario raises several questions in ones mind and may lead to a state of psychological tension Having a choice of attending a social event or studying for the final exam puts one in a dilemma as to what to do next Deciding to stay home and study for a test may very well anger ones friends but may also cause a terrible sense of well being of missing out on a social event While deciding to go to the party instead it leads them in a state of tension as the party time can be well spent on studying for the final exam next morning This state of uneasiness or tension is easily understood as Cognitive Dissonance Cognitive Dissonance Theory developed by Leon Festinger 1957 is concerned with the relationships among cognitions Festinger 1957 In this context cognition can be perceived as a piece of knowledge that may inscribe an element of an attitude an emotion a behavior a value and so on Festinger 1957 For example the knowledge that you like the color blue is cognition People hold a multitude of cognitions simultaneously and these cognitions form irrelevant consonant or dissonant relationships with one another Cognitive Irrelevance probably describes the bulk of the relationships among a persons cognitions Irrelevance simply means that the two cognitions have nothing to do with each other Two cognitions are consonant if one cognition fits with or is consistent
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