Hollywood hypocrisy

Cognitive dissonance or Hollywood hypocrisy? by Tom Vaughan, MD

Journal/Website: 
Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership (DRGO.us)
Article Type: 
Commentary
Published Date: 
Sunday, February 4, 2018

“Cognitive dissonance” is the mental distress brought on by simultaneously holding conflicting strong beliefs, or by encountering information that contradicts strongly held beliefs. This stress can be reduced by changing one’s beliefs, though more commonly by denial (refusing to accept facts that contradict strongly held beliefs) or through rationalization (trying logically to justify something that is truly irrational).