Anonymous said: Could you define cognitive dissonance, please?
The way I perceive it, and life for that matter, is tension and release.
You feel dissonance when there is tension, or conflicting ideas, and you strive to reach consonance.
In my opinion the best example of this is music.
Take a simple 12 bar blues, which has a 3 chord progression
When you reach the perfect 5th your mind perceives dissonance, and wants to resolve the melody to the one, which releases the tension. Different cadences create different tension, thus creating more of a release when you get to the tonic.
Even if you dont understand music theory, when you listen to a song it builds tension (usually on the 5th) and then it ‘drops’
Or when you have sex its building tension to the inevitable climax
There are a million examples of tension and release in life, ultimately life being tension and death release