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Barack Obama´s Constant State
of Cognitive Dissonance

American Thinker, by Jeannie DeAngelis

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Posted By:DW626, 1/25/2014 7:16:10 AM

Contradicting the faultless, albeit far-fetched image he has of himself, Barack Obama is a man harassed by truth. That´s why, judging from his inability to accept personal responsibility, Barack Obama must be living in a constant state of agitated cognitive dissonance. The late Leon Festinger is the social psychologist who proposed the theory of cognitive dissonance. According to Festinger, until the person suffering with perceptual disharmony can find a way to justify wrong actions and decisions, it´s impossible to achieve a calm mental state, especially when those wrong actions and decisions challenge the way the cognitively dissonant individual sees himself.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: M2, 1/25/2014 7:37:39 AM     (No. 9704994)

...other than trying to resolve the discord in his mind created by the conflict between reality and the self-important perception he has of himself, what in tarnation was Barack Obama talking about?

I often wonder if all the bad news about him is kept from him by Valerie Jarrett and the rest in order to keep up the illusion in O´s mind that things really are going his way.

Really, aside from mental illness and delusion, there is no other reason that makes sense. Is it really possible that the fact that America hates his policies can be kept from him? Is it possible he is being lied to by his own sycophants?

Or is O really pathological? Some people in the Democrat Party better start asking that question before they doom their Party.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: TakeBackAmerica, 1/25/2014 7:42:48 AM     (No. 9705001)

Alinsky taught the radical left about using dishonest tactics to achieve their agenda – "by any means necessary,"--advocating lying and harassing those with opposing viewpoints. Coming across as a nut job like Zippy can´t hurt either.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: lilo, 1/25/2014 8:05:08 AM     (No. 9705019)

The MSM also suffers from cognitive dissonance, more so than the president.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: LoneVoice, 1/25/2014 8:05:09 AM     (No. 9705020)

#1 There is one other possible explanation:

Maybe Obama chose to become evil.






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Reply 5 - Posted by: mulhaven, 1/25/2014 9:43:19 AM     (No. 9705140)

In my view, it was clear from the beginning that Obama is a pipsqueak. Since then it has also become clear that he is a punk.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 1/25/2014 10:49:18 AM     (No. 9705233)

Obama, the poster boy for narcissism, is in love with himself. He is convinced that if others knew him the way he knows himself, they couldn´t help but love him too. Those who do not love him, who are even critical of him, do not know the real Obama, who is lovable, brilliant, admirable - and always right. They have been misled by sinister forces and interests into believing he is something that he is not.

I´m not sure how much if any true cognitive dissonance he actually feels. He seems to be perfectly comfortable with his excuses for why everyone doesn´t trust and admire him and follow his advice. His character armor seems to be ten feet thick, solid titanium steel, and utterly impenetrable by reality.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 1/25/2014 11:20:09 AM     (No. 9705280)

A recent WSJ article examined the use of ´Let me be honest´ and other sweet-sounding but ultimately deceptive verbal tags.

Even before he took office I was staggered by Obama´s constant use of ´As I´ve said all along,´ / ´I´m on record as saying´ etc. They are meant to cow any interviewer from challenging his consistency on an issue but they are mostly meant as his own temporary verbal crutch. There isn´t much of a conscience in there but the one he has forces him to claim intellectual consistency even when there is none.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: EnsignOToole, 1/25/2014 12:09:56 PM     (No. 9705359)

Evidently, the president has been so busy trying to alleviate the discomfort of cognitive dissonance that he hasn´t taken the time to notice that Democrats are abandoning him in droves over ObamaCare.

Shhhh - maybe he won´t notice

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