After completing the readings, watching the videos in Unit 6, and further researching the topic, post a two-paragraph response to the following:
· In your first paragraph, explain and describe one or two of the social psychology concepts that you learned about in this unit. You may decide to choose from the following:
· Self-fulfilling prophecy
· Correspondence bias
· Reciprocal altruism
· Cognitive dissonance
· Social loafing
· In your second paragraph, describe a scene or character(s) from a movie, TV show, or book that demonstrates your chosen social psychology concept. Be sure to give some background of the story and/or character, and specifically explain how this scene or character is an example of your chosen social psychology concept.
Cognitive dissonaance is an experience where a person’s action conflicts with their ideals or beliefs, which can be uncomfortable. It can also happen when a person simultaneously maintains two opposing views (Harmon-Jones, 2019). It is not a disease or illness to have cognitive dissonance. Anyone can experience this psychological condition. In the 1950s, American psychologist Leon Festinger created the idea. Festinger argued that two concepts can be consonant or discordant in his work A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance. Dissonant concepts contradict one another while consonant thoughts logically flow from one another.For instance a person might wear a mask in public if they want to protect other people and think the COVID-19 epidemic is real. This is harmony. The same person’s beliefs and actions would be in conflict if they accepted the COVID-19 pandemic as a reality while refusing to put on a mask. Dissonance exists here (De Vos & Singleton, 2020). Uncomfort is caused by the dissonance between two opposing beliefs or between an idea and a conduct. According to Festinger, cognitive dissonance is exacerbated when a person maintains numerous contradictory beliefs that are significant to them. Cont
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