What Cognitive Dissonance Is



A human illness.
That needs to be remedied.
Soul out of balance.
Imbalance in the psyche.
It’s cognitive dissonance.

About this poem

Frantz Omar Fanon (1925-1961), a French West Indian physician, psychiatrist, and political philosopher from the French colony of Martinique (today, a Department of France), and a radical Marxist scholar and supporter of Pan-Africanism, is known for having popularized the term “cognitive dissonance” and introducing it more widely into the public domain, a social psychological phenomenon that was conceptualized by Leon Festinger (1919-1989), one of the most well-cited psychologists in modern history. To varying degrees and in various circumstances, all of humanity experiences and displays elements of cognitive dissonance. 

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Written on April 18, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on April 18, 2022

Modified on March 23, 2023

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Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1991 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s ‘Liebe Mili’ (translated into English as “Dear Mili”), Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes of Analytical Psychology. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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