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American psychologist Daniel Gilbert is famous for saying that “most people have some degree of cognitive dissonance”.
It’s not always obvious when someone is making you feel bad, he explained.
And it’s not just the feelings you have that cause you to feel bad.
When you’re feeling angry or anxious or sad or sadistic or anything else, you’re just putting off the emotion that’s triggered by those feelings and trying to distract yourself.
So, to make sense of this cognitive dissonation, we have to ask what’s driving it, Gilbert said.
What’s driving that dissonance?
You might think that it’s just an ego problem.
That’s probably right, but if we’re not seeing what’s happening to our body and our mind, that’s a problem, Gilbert added.
We have to look at what’s really going on.
“I’ve been in psychology for a long time, and I’ve never seen anything quite like the cognitive dissonances that we’re seeing right now,” Gilbert said in an interview with Psychology Today.
It’s easy to see how the cognitive disorientation could be a symptom of depression.
The first time I think about it is with this very vivid and clear thought that I’m getting upset and feeling anxious, and the next thing I know I’m in a state of mild cognitive impairment and I’m really not paying attention, Gilbert continued.
“And then it gets worse.
It gets worse until I have to stop because it’s really, really difficult to do.”
Gilbert said that people have a tendency to think about themselves as their own worst enemy.
But when it comes to cognitive dissonancy, he said, it’s the opposite.
The problem with cognitive dissonency is that it comes from something else, and it’s a consequence of the brain trying to find a reason to think that you’re a bad person.
In this case, Gilbert sees it as a mental health problem, but it could also be a consequence from a cognitive dissonant mind.
“You can be in a situation where you’re really angry, and you’re not thinking of what’s going on in your head,” Gilbert explained.
“Then you start to be angry and you think that that’s what you want to be.
But you’re probably not.
You’re probably just being angry.”
There’s also the matter of how people are actually behaving.
“A lot of people say that when they feel angry or sad, they’re in a bad mood,” Gilbert noted.
“But the reality is that they’re not, they just feel sad or angry, so they’re really just acting like they’re angry.
And then the brain is going, ‘What’s going wrong?’
Because if you feel like you’re being angry and it feels like you are, then that’s the way you’re going to react to your emotions.”
In other words, cognitive dissonence is caused by a mismatch between the way your brain processes your emotions and the way it perceives reality.
“The thing that you do with cognitive disorganization is that your brain can’t make sense out of the chaos,” Gilbert continued, “because it’s always been in this way.
You’ve always had this cognitive system that’s in the wrong place.”
The cognitive disorder causes us to miss out on important aspects of our lives, Gilbert noted, because it disrupts our ability to process reality.
So when you’re in this state of cognitive disarray, you can’t get the right answers or feel confident or feel good.
It can also lead to anxiety, depression and substance abuse, and other negative outcomes.
“It’s just like an addiction,” Gilbert told Psychology Today in a video interview.
“In an addiction, the brain doesn’t really know how to regulate the activity that it is seeing, and therefore it doesn’t have the ability to do the things that it normally does.”
He added that “if you get cognitive disordered, it is like a drug.
You just go out there and get high.”
He described it as the “high of addiction.”
What’s causing cognitive disorders?
Cognitive disorganisation is the result of a mismatch in how the brain processes emotions and reality.
It occurs when your brain doesn’t understand the underlying processes that create emotions and feelings, as well as the mental states that are triggered by them.
It has been called a “disorder of the mind”.
When you lose a lot of your information about your emotional and mental state, it can lead to confusion, and a lack of empathy, Gilbert explained to Psychology Today as well.
“People are going, I want to know what’s the source of this feeling I’m feeling, but I can’t find the answer.”
In fact, people who have cognitive disorbits have problems in thinking about their emotions, and they can miss out important information that they should be paying attention to, Gilbert pointed out.
The brain can only see a limited