"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."
Frantz Fanon
(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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Over the head.
 -- anonymous     
    That has been my observation also.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Even when core beliefs are based on doubt, they will hold true to doubt. Grid lock in the church at large or government.
    Socialism induced core belief.
     -- Ron w13, Or     
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    This is correct about most things and especially religion.
     -- jim k, austin tx     
    With in the church it is termed "The mystery of iniquity ". Threskeia (superficial ) Denominationalism. "Cognitive Dissonance " is termed Conviction of Conscience by the Holy, ( separate), Spirit, (word) of Truth.
     -- Ron w13, Or     
    Great observation. This truth is so elementary, it is easily overlooked.
     -- Chuck, New Windsor, NY     
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     -- Mary - MI      
    It's a great observation, but I'm not convinced that Fanon wrote it. It's sometimes attributed to "Black Skin White Masks" but the phrase "cognitive dissonance" never appears in that text.
     -- Bruce, Bethlehem, PA     
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    This quote isn't in Black Skin, White Masks
     -- Sin, DC     
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    what page is this on?
     -- Wendy Mackey, Antigonish     
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