Table T-2


Basic Propositions of Cognitive Dissonance Theory


1. If a person has two thoughts that the person considers inconsistent, the individual will experience dissonance.

2. Dissonance is an unpleasant state, like anxiety or hunger.

3. A person will try to reduce dissonance.

4. Changing one of the thoughts to make it consistent with the other is one way of reducing dissonance.


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