Increasing cognitive dissonance by a fait accompli.

  title={Increasing cognitive dissonance by a fait accompli.},
  author={Jack W. Brehm},
  journal={Journal of abnormal psychology},
  volume={58 3},
  • J. Brehm
  • Published 1959
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of abnormal psychology
A RECENT theory by Festinger (1957) attempts to state the conditions under which discrepancies between cognitions produce "cognitive dissonance," a state of tension that motivates the individual to reduce or eliminate the discrepancies. One of the conditions that may be necessary for the creation of cognitive dissonance is that there be some element of volition. The theory states, for example, that a person who is completely forced to behave in a manner he would avoid if possible, experiences… Expand
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