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How Cognitive Dissonance Plays a Role in Addiction
Cognitive dissonance is the tension that is perceived by the conflict of a belief and an opposing desire with which the mind is faced. This inconsistency produces discomfort and anxiety. We are driven to reconcile those conflicting thoughts, beliefs and desires or behaviors to preserve harmony in our minds and make ourselves feel rationally better. Three Ways the Individual Can Resolve the Conflict: Change the behavior to match more closely to one’s beliefs. The individual just stops doing whatever is causing the dissonance. Change the beliefs to match the behavior. This is most commonly used by addicts. Keep the original beliefs, but add a ...