This month’s choices; Fall in Love, Fall to Pieces, Fall into Place, Fall by the Wayside
I’ll pick FALL INTO PLACE, which I'll call 'cognitive dissonance,' our human approach for making decisions and feeling comfortable with them.
Leon Festinger's theory of cognitive dissonance focuses on how humans strive for internal consistency. When inconsistency (dissonance) is experienced, individuals largely become psychologically distressed. His basic hypotheses are listed below:
1. "The existence of dissonance, being psychologically uncomfortable, will motivate the person to try to reduce the dissonance and achieve consonance"
2. "When dissonance is present, in addition to trying to reduce it, the person will actively avoid situations and information which would likely increase the dissonance"
Welcome to my newest cognitive dissonance. After 30 years of boating, we’ve decided to sell our beloved INTREPID (see her here: http://intrepid-for-sale.blogspot.com/) and move on to other adventures. We’ve spent four summer months on our boat for at least 20 of those years; now it’s time to try other modes of travel to brand new and exciting places.
You hear the cognitive dissonance at play, already, don’t you? Here are some more of our new ways of thinking which make us feel better about selling our boat:
1. We only have to keep up one house, not two.
2. We’re physically fit for travel now…we shouldn’t wait.
3. We’ll increase our savings by selling the boat
4. We’ll use the money spent on maintaining the boat for travel
5. We’ve seen about all we can see of the Inside Passage
6. We’ll deepen our friendships in CA, by having only one residence
(I could go on with 20 more...see how easy this is?)
I don’t call this fickle thinking or merely a process of rationalizing. This is the human, humane, comfortable way of making decisions feel good. How about you? What’s your latest trip down the road of cognitive dissonance?
Intrepid Journeys - http://steveandrolynn.blogspot.com/