any group or person CONSISTENTLY displaying this tendency is best avoided if possible
goodness gracious, this is probably one of the most incorrect posts i have ever seen. Leon Festinger came up with this theory to be used to TEACH CHILDREN and FIGHT MISCONCEPTIONS. Children and adults create or learn misconceptions all the time, such as ‘blood is blue on the inside’ (no, its red) or ‘summer is when the earth is closer to the sun in orbit’ (no, its orbit is almost a circle). When someone with misconceptions is presented with evidence and reasoned into thinking that their misconception is false, they fall into cognitive dissonance. this is the PERFECT TIME TO TEACH THEM THE TRUE CONCEPT. when they are in this feeling of imbalance, they use the new information in order to replace the old concept or add new information to it. this creates a balance of information and relieves them of cognitive dissonance.
i know not all of tumblr went to college for teaching degrees, but please do not use that kind of thinking in the op, because that path does not lead to change. teachers do not ignore students anymore. when they spot a misconception, they work to change it so that the student can learn and achieve. and please, PLEASE look things up before you believe them.
I didn’t reblog this because of the text underneath the quote, but because of the response to it. There is no way to word this without someone getting offended, but I’m not functioning well enough for a big debate.
I agree that it is important to bring up Festinger (thank you for directing people back to the source so they may learn more), but the quote being used is from Frantz Fanon (who focuses on colonization and all of the consequences). Looking at the quote and who it is from is important, not just who the theory is originally from. The quote comes from Fanon’s book titled Black Skin, White Masks. Which is about the study of black psychology in a white dominated world. The more notable themes of the book are anti-colonialism, black power, racism, and civil rights.
More on the quote which seems to be the big issue. Essentially, a person experiencing cognitive dissonance may do anything to correct that feeling. It isn’t about proper times of teaching students or proper times to assert information to the person experiencing the dissonance. This quote isn’t about teaching at all, but rather saying that those that are in the wrong will find reasons to validate themselves to continue thinking a certain way. It takes Festinger’s theory and looks at it in a negative aspect instead of a positive or neutral one (which Festinger’s theory is fairly neutral and it could go either way). Those that do not want to find fault in their actions will convince themselves that they have done no wrong. Or those that are presented with new information will choose to ignore it/find it hard to believe because it does not fit in with their ideals. In Fanon’s case it was probably about whites dehumanizing other races (mainly blacks).
I reblogged this for a friend because the quote was applicable to her specific situation. Not only that but because she loves the many different facets of psychology. Often when I have to make a point I’ll go and find one of these quotes. It just so happened to pop up on my dash via another mutual friend/acquaintance.
And as always take what you find on the Internet with a grain of salt and try not to get too worked up over it.
ah, i see what you mean. i honestly did look up that man before i wrote that wall of text, and i was not directing any of it at you personally. i’ve already picked which use of cognitive dissonance i would prefer to use, but i also will not force anyone to take my side if they choose. in fact, i really liked this informative response, and would like to show it to others for enrichment on the subject. and thank you for taking the trouble to respond, i do appreciate it.