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We have all seen, heard, or experienced our own contradictions with what we know about COVID, slowing the spread, and Governor's orders. A recent article* provides a comprehensive outline of the role this cognitive dissonance plays in beliefs and actions related to COVID-19. Cognitive dissonance is the “motivational mechanism that underlies the reluctance to admit mistakes or accept scientific findings.” During COVID-19, many people have refused to wear masks or follow other COVID-19 recommendations even though scientists have found those tactics to be effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19. The article explains how that motivation mechanism plays out and makes it even harder to change our behavior the longer we justify our original behaviors. Most importantly, the article reveals a few practical lessons for overcoming cognitive dissonance.
* Warning: This article linked above contains references to suicide.