Prepare an analysis of Issue 5: Does Cognitive Dissonance Explain Why Behavior Can Change Attitudes? as presented by Nier (2010).
As a part of your analysis, address the following items:
1) Define consonant and dissonant cognitions
2) Analyze the influence that consonant and dissonant cognitions have on attitudes and behavior.
3) Analyze the concept of persuasion as it relates to these concepts
This response is my own, written in my style. Please do not hand it in as is.
What I've done is given a general literature review on CD, persuasion and the results of the neurosis.
Cognitive dissonance (CD), speaking abstractly, is the existence of a world view, and a force of some type that combines that view with something abhorrent to it. This "something" must be significant to the person, specifically fought by the worldview, and be so dominating that neurosis results.
Another way to view it is the selection of a course of action in which negative events might occur as either side effects or as intrinsically part of the act. When the negative events do occur, we recoil and attempt to absolve ourselves. It is assumed that humanity strives for consistency.
Several models have been laid out for this phenomenon, but first, the implications of CD:
First, it seems to give credence to metaphysical model of Realism. Realism, in its classical sense, means that specific objects are ideal, that is, they come under a universal structure that ...
The cognitive dissonance behavior for attitudes are examined.