This is the “art of justification” in the least common denominator.  You will remember this term if you’ve ever taken Psych 101.  It is a psychological disconnect which arises from holding incompatible ideas at the same time.  It can produce an uncomfortable stress, as a result of holding two contradictory ideas simultaneously.  Why do they try to justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions and hurtful acts?  Cognitive dissonance is such a simple idea that it’s hard to forget. But, in all honesty, I have seen it many times exhibited in many people, but never knew the “fifty cent term” for it.

There is a book”Mistakes were made {but not by me}”.by Carol Tavris & Eliot Aronson, which gives a lot more detail about this strange disorder.  However, if I were to tell you that it is a condition plaguing Mitt Romney, then you should understand it clearly for sure!


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