Cognitive Dissonance and How to Handle New Information

Nothing should ever be controversial to talk about. Everything should be up for grabs. Any topic. So, why can’t we have an emotionally-detached conversation without getting upset? Certain topics are only controversial because we are so steeped in our programming (liberal dogma, conservative dogma, political-correctness dogma, group dogma, dietary dogma, parenting dogma, cultural dogma, fashion dogma, truther dogma, religious dogma, secular dogma, spiritual dogma, etc) that anything that contradicts it is perceived as a threat to our personal safety and security. This perceived threat activates the reptilian part of our brains (animal instincts) necessary for personal safety and territory protection. When activated, higher brain function such as reason, wonder, curiosity, compassion, and logic are inhibited. People who have had traumatic unhealed pasts might be in this state often and if not, triggered by the news as too much of the stress hormone Cortisol is overly secreted. When we hear information that challenges our deeply held belief systems (our foundations upon which we live), we can become hostile, defensive, insecure, combative, and emotionally unstable — and for some, this could lead to psychic shock. Psychologists call this phenomenon “Cognitive Dissonance”. We go into a fight or flight state and our physiology is that of an animal being stalked or chased by a saber tooth tiger. The state of our bodies is the same state we’re in when we’re running for our lives and it’s all happening unconsciously. All we know is that we need to protect and defend what is OURS, our beliefs, our attachment, rather, to those beliefs.

We all know Cognitive Dissonance happens to all of us. It’s part of the human animal condition. The solution to this condition is to realize what’s happening. Sit with it. Be present with all the emotions coming up. Journal them and keep note of what triggers which emotions and why you think you might be triggered. Eventually we all have to learn to get comfortable with the idea that the world is much much more complex than we have been taught it was and how there are so many ways in which we might perceive it all. Some say that what we see out there is a mirror to what is unresolved within us and that when we heal, the way we see the world changes.

Do we let the media shape our lens or do we allow our own personal experience out in the real world shape our perception? Do we repeat what we hear or do we think-feel instead and draw our own conclusions?

The occult? Hey there may be some significant hidden truths (both benign and malignant), some people we respect may have lied to us, the establishment may not be our protectors as we think they are, maybe there is nobody coming to save us after all, maybe there is no one in authority we can trust but ourselves, and the most powerful people in the world? Perhaps, they are not out for our best interests as we once thought. For those who have Stockholm Syndrome from childhood and unconsciously protect and defend the very people who abused them will have the hardest time facing the hidden truths of the world and will become even more emotionally unstable with “controversial topics”. Healing our pasts and being brutally honest with ourselves can help with the pain Cognitive Dissonance.

Beat Cognitive Dissonance and face your past, face the ones who betrayed you under the veil of love and protection. The more we heal, the less offended we will be when the Truth comes barreling down the road. The Truth is no longer a Threat as when we face the Truth of our own violators, we can handle ALL TRUTH, the truth of The Establishment (the other parents). Facing our own parents helps us face our other “parents”. This can pulls us from victimhood into a state of freedom, sovereignty and empowerment.

 

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