- Are you confused by academic jargon? - Do you know your `discourse' from your `dialectic'? - Can you tell the difference between `anomie' and `alienation'? The Social Science Jargon Buster tackles the most confusing concepts in the social sciences, brea

Cognitive Dissonance

Core definition

A lack of consistency between ideas, values, beliefs, knowledge and/or actions.

Longer explanation

Imagine you grew up believing that abortion was wrong. There's no two ways about it, abortion is murder. Or at least that was how you felt until you turned 17 and found yourself pregnant and very, very scared. So scared, in ...

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