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Cognitive Dissonance: Why We Lie to Ourselves

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We “lie” to ourselves as we like our thoughts to be consonant.

The cognitive dissonance theory was coined by Leon Festinger (1957). Festinger suggests that our thoughts can show three relationships Continue reading

8 Psychological Mechanisms that Enable People to Hurt Others (The Psychology of Evilness)

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Have you ever wondered how people can live with themselves after having done something terrible to others? Read on.

It seems like most people are capable of doing harm to others, as shown in Stanley Milgram’s obedience experiment. However, self-reports have also revealed that obeying to hurt others may lead to feelings of anxiety, guilt and agitation. Continue reading