Cognitive Dissonance LO20442

Winfried Dressler (
Wed, 20 Jan 1999 18:10:01 +0100

Replying to LO20414 --

John explained:

>I don't believe you two are using the term "cognitive dissonance" the
>way psychologists have used it. Cognitive dissonance was proposed (by
>Leon Festinger in 1957), not as the killer of creativity, but as one very
>important motivator of it. This construct was posited as a way of
>explaining what prompted a human mind to try to solve a problem -- it was
>a way of describing the state of a mind that recognizes there is a problem
>to be solved. The recognition that there is something "dissonant"
>(non-fitting) about your thinking is what prompts you to be aware there is
>some more thinking to do.

Thank you for your correction and explanation! You may remember, that I
wrote about the gap between reality and thinking about reality. My
conclusion was, that much depend on being/becoming aware of this gap. My
guess was that "cognitive dissonance" means to neglect this gap, which
would distroy creativity. (I hope I made sufficiently clear, that I was
unsure whether I used the right label.) Thank you for correcting me that
this label was created to discribe the opposite - the way in which a mind
becomes aware of such a gap. This is of course "one very important
motivator of it (creativity)" - exactly what I was trying to say.

Communication is often so difficult because sometimes two people saying
the opposite mean the same and sometimes two people saying the same mean
the opposite. I have to apologise whenever I am not sufficiently careful
in choosing my wording. I am very aware of my relying on the failure
tolerance of the readers.

Now I have one question left: Which word or label would you recommend to
discribe what At and I were talking about?

Liebe Gruesse,



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