A presidential summit that begins by describing the causes and effects of climate disruption, and then emphasizes proven solutions and their advantages, will build dissonance
and increase the sense of efficacy and benefits that is needed to motivate people to address the problem.
In response to interracial dissonance
, many Black people opt to remain clear of White-dominated systems not only because they are bright enough to be apprehensive of oppressive people and institutions, but because they realize that most White people either objectify, fear or loathe them.
But I remember how distant I felt from friends and family--emotional dissonance
theory holds that our reactions to these sorts of psychological stimuli tend to fall somewhere along a continuum on which each point represents a strategy for returning our consciousnesses into cognitive balance (Huegler, 2006; Van Overalle & Jordens, 2002).
The results of the Klein et al (2005) experiment could be viewed as an example of cognitive dissonance
reduction because subjects may have valued the positive stimulus (or conditioned reinforcer) that required greater effort over the positive stimulus that required less effort, presumably to justify the added effort required to obtain the reinforcer.
If I understand the thrust of Miller's intriguing argument correctly (here and in his other published articles), he is concerned that researchers tend to resolve the cognitive dissonance
caused by the "therapeutic orientation to clinical trials" by adopting two maladaptive behaviors: ignoring information that suggests that trials serve the interests of others, and rationalizing the application of burdensome research procedures by telling themselves that these are therapeutic.
If you can reduce or eliminate cognitive dissonance
caused by the job offer you have received, then you can take up the job confidently; otherwise reject the offer as soon as you can.
Utilizing the Theory of Cognitive Dissonance
to elicit positive health behavior change in future interventions could be useful in improving the diet and physical activity behaviors of college students.
Ample warning and a clear trigger for war combined with a short, successful military effort alleviated much of the dissonance
associated with prior generations' war schemes.
Majerus amplifies this dissonance
by mixing, often in a single work, techniques like painting, silk-screen, and various forms of digital printing.
The use of guided imagery to create a neural dissonance
In the United Kingdom over the past decade, they've been trying to conquer cognitive dissonance
by having surgeons attend regular audits.