Benjamin Franklin and Cognitive Dissonance

Submitted by P2P on Tue, 03/29/2016 - 12:24


Cognitive dissonance is the feeling of discomfort resulting from a threat to our existing beliefs. This internal tension arises from balancing two seemingly contradictory thoughts in our minds at once. The stress can be enough to alter one existing belief to conform to the other. Although cognitive dissonance theory was not published until 1957, Benjamin Franklin may have been one of the first to understand the fine craft of altering predisposed beliefs. 


Rational Emotive Theory

Submitted by P2P on Thu, 07/28/2016 - 02:19


How to Stubbornly Refuse to Make Yourself Miserable

         Rational emotive theory (RET) is an action driven approach for accepting and changing self-destructive thoughts. My first exposure to Rational Emotive Theory was from my father, telling me I need to take control of angry outbursts and then handing me How to Stubbornly Refuse to Make Yourself Miserable by Dr. Albert Ellis. While there are many critics of RET and Dr. Albert Ellis within the realm of psychology, I cannot deny its affect personally.