Comment: Cognitive Dissonance

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Cognitive Dissonance

In psychology it is "the feeling of discomfort when simultaneously holding two or more conflicting cognitions: ideas, beliefs, values or emotional reactions." As Americans we are raised to believe the government is for the people, they wouldn't intentionally harm citizens. When a person is faced with information that shakes their beliefs to the core the natural response is denial, misperception, rejection and inwardly fear. You cannot force that change in people you can only give them the material and a choice. Keep in mind they are hearing you, you gave them their choice, sometimes a person has to resolve that internal conflict it just may take longer than it did you.