Leon Festinger

In short, I am proposing that dissonance, that is, the existence of nonfitting relations among cognitions, is a motivating factor in its own right. By the term cognition I mean any knowledge, opinion, or belief about the environment, about oneself, or about one’s behavior. Cognitive dissonance reduction can be seen as an antecedent condition which leads to activity oriented towards dissonance reduction just as hunger leads to activity oriented towards hunger reduction. It is a very different motivation from what psychologist are used to dealing with but, as we shall see, nonetheless powerful.

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  1. shinichi says:

    An Introduction to the Theory of Cognitive Dissonance

    by Leon Festinger


  2. shinichi says:

    レオン・フェスティンガー(Leon Festinger)




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