Unsettling Questions: Cognitive Dissonance in Self-Deception

Scott-Kakures, Dion
January 2009
Social Theory & Practice;Jan2009, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p73
Academic Journal
The author examines cognitive dissonance in self-deception. He characterizes some of the notable elements of Leon Festinger's original account of the theory of cognitive dissonance. He then turns to a brief consideration of some of the chief revisions of the theory. He takes up and develops a number of objections raised by Ziva Kunda to the use of dissonance and dissonance reduction in the explanation of motivated reasoning. He also develops an account of how dissonance and dissonance reduction may be conceived to underlie a certain form of motivated reasoning.


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