Cognitive immunization…why reasoning with people is pointless

Cognitive Dissonance is defined as:

“The psychological tension that occurs when one holds mutually exclusive beliefs or attitudes and that often motivates people to modify their thoughts or behaviors in order to reduce the tension.”

What should happen is that when a person sees evidence contrary to their beliefs, it creates tension…and usually a positive outcome.

Where we are at now is something called “cognitive immunization“, which is defined as:

“a cognitive reappraisal of expectation-disconfirming experiences in such a way that the individual’s expectations are maintained.”

What this means in laymen’s terms is that if you have mental real estate built up, no amount of reason, etc. will persuade them against their long held beliefs. This is why words like “I feel” and “I think” are so prevalent today….and why it is simply pointless to try and have any reasonable discussion with anyone. This is a sad lesson that I have had to learn over the last several decades.

One recent encounter with a (and I am going to trademark this) “cognitive immunizationer” was over the recent Jacob Blake shooting. He believes that what the cops did was wrong, there was no weapon, etc. He was given links to view the incident from two different angles, given the police data, and even the confession by Jacob Blake…and still refuses to believe it. In the end I had to bow down to his far superior skills at cognitive dissonance.

People are going to have a bias, but they need to be able to look at things rationally and come to common sense conclusions…but, it seems to be too late for most people.

If you read this article, it gives a good summary of the mental disorder. Like, when a doomsday person misses the date, they get a new date, etc. This article goes into more detail explaining it as mental disorder.

Based on a number of people I have interacted with, it is obvious it is a mental disorder with no solution.

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