Are You Suffering From Cognitive Dissonance?

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There is a psychological term to explain why people want to reject or push away new data when it makes them feel uncomfortable — when the new data is interrupting their world.  It’s call cognitive dissonance.

Mental conflict that occurs when beliefs or assumptions are contradicted by new information. . . . When confronted with challenging new information, most people seek to preserve their current understanding of the world by rejecting, explaining away, or avoiding the new information or by convincing themselves that no conflict really exists

(Source: Britannica Concise Encyclopedia)

Your Prep Plan: How to combat cognitive dissonance.

  • Pray – Philippians 4:6-8 (Be anxious for nothing)
  • Spent time reading, meditating and memorizing God’s Word – Psalm 1
  • Discuss the issue with friends
  • Educate yourself on the facts
  • Take action – stop thinking it will just go away if you ignore it
  • Host or join a PREPARE small group in your church/city

What about you?  How do you deal with cognitive dissonance?

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