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Cognitive Dissonance and On the Other Hand

Here is a portion of an entry written by Scott Adams on how people may have individual differences on the amount of cognitive dissonance that they can handle. Recently I saw the best case of cognitive dissonance I have ever seen. It was on Bill Maher's show, Real...

Dan Gilbert on Social Psychology

Here is an excerpt from Dan Gilbert in Psychologist magazine discussing 'revolutions' in science and social psychology: Psychologists have a penchant for irrational exuberances, and whenever we discover something new we feel the need to discard everything old. Social...

Radical Acceptance

Linehan (1993) makes the following five fundamental points regarding "radical acceptance": Acceptance is acknowledgment of what is. Acceptance is non-judgmental, not a matter of deeming something good or okay.Freedom from suffering requires accepting rather than...

Cognition and Emotion Part 2

Here is more (part 1) related to Jon Haidt's book on the analogy of the rider (cognition) and the horse (emotion):The point of these studies is that moral judgment is like aesthetic judgment. When you see a painting, you usually know instantly and automatically...

Cognition and Emotion

Below is an analogy Jon Haidt uses in his book The Happiness Hypothesis to describe the relationship between our higher order cognition (the rider in his analogy) and emotion (the horse). He goes on to discuss how we feel that we are in control of the horse (or our...

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