We have entered a time of extreme cognitive dissonance. Personally, some days I feel like I have walked through a portal into The Twilight Zone. How about you?
Cognitive dissonance occurs when two or more ideas or beliefs being held in our minds at the same time are in conflict. From the dictionary:
“Cognitive dissonance (noun) Psychology: The state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change.
Right now during this viral crisis, the world we believed in, possibly the leadership in our countries, what we valued in life, etc., are coming into acute question. Our inward belief systems no longer match the outward reality. Our minds are frantically scrambling to resolve the dissonance.
This can be extremely unsettling and stressful to process. We no longer feel safe. There are articles out there on the Internet about how to resolve cognitive dissonance, this is just one, by Verwell Mind: Cognitive Dissonance and How to Resolve It
On a positive note, consider that cognitive dissonance may be a very important process that we need to experience right now. It can lead to questioning beliefs and systems that have not been serving us well.
Consider also that the resolution for this dissonance may well be found not only in our heads, but also within our hearts. This is a crisis of not only physical reality, but also of spirit.
And as an important end note: If ever there was a time to not block our personal discomfort with what is going on in the world with distraction, this is it. Our world is a mess, and our cognitive dissonance needs acknowledgement and processing. We owe it to ourselves and the rest of humanity to actually think for ourselves and practice some critical thinking.