Episode 15: The Sharp Sting of Dissonance

Episode 15: The Sharp Sting of Dissonance

Your 20-something-year-old son decides to buy a car without your help and you come to find out that he got ripped off. He tells you the story of what happened and you cannot believe it. Apparently, your son agreed to buy a car off Craigslist, gave your home address to a stranger, and thought nothing of the request to pay in cash, even when the seller showed up with a car that looked nothing like the one in the online ad. When you point out these red flags to your son, all he does is get mad and come up with reasons of self-justification, which makes you furious. Our guest, Dr. Carol Tavris, will say that, in fact, your son is just a victim of his brain’s own deception. Find out about the perils of cognitive dissonance and why we find it hard to accept our own mistakes.

About Carol Tavris, Ph.D.


Psychological wiring compels us to preserve self views of being smart, kind & self-sufficient Click To Tweet It takes a lot to accept the evidence that we acted in a stupid, incompetent, or unkind way Click To Tweet After a mistake the easiest psych-solution is to ignore, minimize, or decide it’s not your fault Click To Tweet


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Executive Function Specialist at Cerebral Matters
Sucheta Kamath, founder of private practice (Cerebral Matters®), is an expert in brain training & Executive Function development. She is a TEDx speaker and a recent graduate of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2015. Sucheta will be launching ExQ®, an educational software company that offers accessible, web-based learning management tools for all in Fall of 2019.

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