The term cognitive dissonance is used to describe the mental discomfort that results from holding two conflicting beliefs, values, or attitudes. People tend to seek consistency in their attitudes and perceptions, so this conflict causes feelings of unease or discomfort.
This inconsistency between what people believe and how they behave motivates people to engage in actions that will help minimize feelings of discomfort. People attempt to relieve this tension in different ways, such as by rejecting, explaining away, or avoiding new information. Also referred to as staying inside our comfort zone.
There seem to many people in the world today suffering from cognitive dissonance when it comes to the COVID ‘Pandemic’. The price is high. The process of rejecting, explaining away or avoiding new information has the potential to creat very serious consequences. Difference of opinion is one thing but refusal to change one’s opinion by ignoring facts because of cognitive dissonance is another.
We have what is sometimes referred to as ‘gut feeling’. Not many people realise that we have a brain in our head, one in our heart and one in our gut. All three operate differently and have different functions but when working in unison these three organs help us to become very aware and avoid mistakes. If one or more does not work or we ignore it then we start to miss important aspects of what is going on around us.
Without wanting to get into complex descriptions of how the brain works just note that the brain has basically two sides, left and right. The left side of the brain is the logical, analytical thinker, the right side is about visualisation, imagination, perception, creativity and fantasy. It also gives access to our higher self, our spirituality. It is where we can find all our answers and, with the correct meditation techniques, access the Akashic records (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akashic_records). At school we are taught how to use the left side of our brain, in fact the educational system is set up to insist on it. We are taught at school only to think of facts logically and analytically, not to imagine, fantasise, visualise, be creative or to seek answers outside the curriculum.
Then there is the heart. The expression ‘follow your heart’ has a meaning. The heart organ governs feelings and emotions. We fall in love through our hearts. We feel sympathy and extend kindness using our hearts. And then there is the gut. If we are not sure about something or somebody we sometimes get a feeling in our gut that despite all the boxes being ticked, and although everything seems to check out something still doesn’t feel right. We might go ahead anyway but there is always that niggling sense that all is not correct and very often the gut is proven right.
When we listen to and follow all three, the brain, the heart and the gut we become more confident, we find solutions to problems more easily and we can live life in a more balanced and congruent way and with less conflict. Plus we can avoid some of our mistakes. These three organs working together can give us all the answers.
So when we listen to the radio, tv or read the news from the media we can discern the truth by using all our gifts and senses provided by the brain, the heart and the gut. When we are given information by the government, the media and by influential public figures we should be able to tell if what we are being told is true. If there is doubt we can check it out using our analytical and logical side of the brain to research the internet and read books for answers whilst being guided by the right side of the brain, the heart and the gut. COVID is prime example.
We have a duty to not only ourselves but to our loved ones, particularly to our children to seek and learn the truth. Cognitive dissonance does not serve us well.