Contributions

The Role of Cognitive Dissonance in the Pandemic – Carol Tavris
August 28, 2020

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Because of the intense polarization in our country, a great many Americans now see the life-and-death decisions they must make in living in the time of the pandemic as political choices rather than medical ones. This dynamic is playing out among the many people who refuse to wear masks or practice social distancing. While the …

Why We Believe – Long After We Shouldn’t
August 7, 2017

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Carol Tavris explains how all of us—even skeptics—can easily fall prey to bias in order to deal with the uncomfortable feeling of dissonance when we are confronted with ideas which contradict what we believe—or need—to be true. Carol Tavris is a social psychologist, writer, and lecturer who has sought to use the contributions of psychological …