The Principle of Cognitive Dissonance, Illustrated by Dylan’s Simple Twist

“He told himself he didn’t care…”

Painting by the Author.

In modern psychology cognitive dissonance is the feeling of discomfort one has when simultaneously holding two or more conflicting ideas, beliefs, values or emotional reactions. In a state of dissonance, people may sometimes feel “disequilibrium”, out of balance, off kilter.

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