Have you ever had conflicting thoughts, where you know in your heart you should follow one particular path, but then you’re given, or you hear some news that pulls you in another direction and you end up making a different decision?
It’s only later, when we revisit the situation and we’ve managed to convince ourselves we’ve made the right decision that we question whether the decision we took was the right one.
When we’re confronted with facts that contradict our ideals and values, cognitive dissonance will always make us feel psychologically uncomfortable. It is important we try to reduce cognitive dissonance.
By us making changes to avoid information that is contradictory, we can bridge the gap between any inconsistencies so that we are more in control. We must think about and work through each decision carefully, so that we make ourselves aware of the facts.
It is important we make informed decisions that are right for us. Decision making is hard, even harder when we begin to cast doubt over the decisions we’ve made.