|Cognitive dissonance occurs when a person holds two contradictory beliefs simultaneously. In order to get rid of that dissonance, the person will either change their mind or rationalize. This is what happens when I go hiking. If my map says I should cross a road at a certain point and I don't cross that road, I usually try to rationalize by making one of the following statements:
What I don't tend to do is figure out that something is wrong. Either I'm using the wrong map or walking in the wrong direction or living in a bizarro world where everything is exactly 0.2 miles from where it should be. Either way, I should stop what I'm doing and make some sort of correction. But I don't. #nature
- I must've missed it.
- This map must be wrong.
- I must be reading the map upside down.
- I am unable to read maps.