Someone got here with the search string:
Is having kids out of wedlock a cognitive dissonance?
No! It isn’t.
Cognitive dissonance describes the feelings of mental discomfort experienced by those who believe in ideas that contradict each other. For example, to believe that a god created the world and that we evolved. The two ideas contradict one another. If we evolved, there is no need for a god. If god exists and created us all, there is no need for evolution. Normally when you have such conflicting beliefs, you use motivated reasoning of some sort to allow you to continue to believe in both of them.
Another example would be, and this is a silly one, but let’s say there were two conspiracy theories that went something like:
- Elvis is still alive. Government and other powerful people conspired with him and helped him to fake his own death.
- Priscilla Presley killed Elvis. But a major conspiracy ensued to help hide this truth. (For no particular reason.)
If you were to believe in both of the above hypothetical conspiracy theories, that would be a great example of cognitive dissonance.
I’ve also always wondered if there are any people who believe both that the Earth is flat and hollow. I’ve even brought it up on their YouTube pages in the past, but they don’t seem to appreciate the question.