Cognitive Dissonance: Another “Hope Dope” Theory
Cognitive dissonance is about anxiety perceived when so called “core beliefs” are challenged by new or conflicting information. Differing thoughts only bring up anxiety when said thoughts, or “core beliefs”, are false. This is a shallow observation typical of psychologies that do not recognize the real source of the anxieties observed (they were there all along).
You can see this cognitive dissonance anxiety more plainly when it is triggered with challenging thought, but looking carefully you will see sets to the face (and facial behavior out of sync with reality) already existing in people who elicit such anxiety responses.
Healthier people don’t cling so much to comforting symbolic thought (such as exists strongly in religion). Extreme anxiety is seen when religious styled thinking is challenged, but with healthier people you do not see much anxiety simply from differences of thought.
What is at the core, what is the problem, is pained need due to traumas and deprivations which necessitated a struggle for symbolic need upon which false symbolic thoughts (core beliefs) are based, thoughts that keep us from reliving and feeling what was once too painful to feel and that were felt as “life threatening”. Healthier people have less symbolic comforting ideation so do not experience anxiety from thoughts that challenge what they believe, they are instead embracing of the challenge. Note that progressives are more inclined to debate, while the more religious styled thinkers (conservatives) tend to want to not have debates or else not real ones.
I am not as good at depicting these concepts as either Bruce Wilson or Peter G. Prontzos. They may wish to, if they have the time, give links or type other ways of saying all of this. However, you can learn much simply by reading their blog: The Primal Mind.
It’s true that we might become irate if useful thoughts are challenged idiotically, but if we are healthy enough we embrace the chance to see where our thoughts need improving or where they can be challenged. The attachment to mere thought, similar to clinging to a favorite blanket as a child, is not so entrenched in healthy minds, such minds enjoy the journey of discovery more than the “comforting (seemingly core) beliefs that cognitive psychologists site. We were happy without self concepts or thoughts when we were babies, such things are not the major cause of what is observed and called “cognitive dissonance” anxiety.
Describing our anxieties as “thought produced” is another example of what I call “hope dope”, the attempt to avoid our real needs and feelings attached to painful helplessness by “cures” and analyses that are forms of symbolic rather than real comfort. Real comfort is found in using our objective, empathetic, and creative thinking processes to meet needs. This is also what is wrong with our attempts at education which avoid the encouragement to find real questions and solutions. This kind of thinking also keeps us from calling conservatives what they are: functional psychotics. It is also a way that some with a smaller degree of progressive thinking can hide from seeing religion as a symbolic pain killer (calling such psychotic ideations “core beliefs”).