Nearly all of us, both Liberals and Conservatives, suffer from what psychologists call cognitive dissonance. This occurs when a person is confronted with contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values, resulting in psychological stress.
According to this theory, when two actions or ideas are not psychologically consistent with each other, people do all in their power to change them until they become consistent. The discomfort is triggered by the person's belief clashing with new information perceived, wherein they try to find a way to resolve the contradiction to reduce their discomfort.
Note: But, will they make the right decision in relieving the stress between these two opposing ideas; particularly when it involves politics? Most likely not.
Let’s say that a chain smoker just finds out the Surgeon General reveals that smoking is harmful to their health. The obvious solution to remove this conflict is to stop smoking. Instead the smoker reasons that since he gets lots of exercise and eats lots of vegetables he will be OK to keep smoking.
Wrong decision but the conflict in him is resolved.
Larry Flinchpaugh April 20, 2021