Frantz Fanon once said… Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted.
It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.
During our wellness journey, it’s important that we recognize when our internal thinking patterns no longer serve us. Cognitive dissonance helps us adjust to uncomfortable situations.
Think about the time when you were faced with a decision to step outside of your comfort zone… and instead, you said NOPE and sat back down. That’s cognitive dissonance coming to back you up. It helps us reduce anxiety at a future point in our lives.
Sometimes this approach our brain has on our decision making is helpful but sometimes it’s detrimental to our wellbeing.
This is where we can practice self-awareness and mindfulness. By examining our commitments and decisions we get a better look at how we are managing our internal dissonance. You know I love to reflect and make sense of patterns. It’s a great way to explore or challenge yourself.
Start listening to that internal discomfort. Make room for it and accept it as apart of our growth. It might have a lot to say .
With Intention, Sarafina