"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."
(1925-1961) Martinique-born Afro-French psychiatrist, philosopher, revolutionary, and writer
quoted in Political Philosophy in the East an West: In Search of Truth, by Jaan Islam (2018)
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