Process where a person reduces an uncofortable psychological state resulting from an inconsistency of cognitive systems. See bolstering of an attitude- forced compliance effect.

DISSONANCE REDUCTION: "Dissonance reduction deals with inconsistencies in perception and we change it to make us feel better."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "DISSONANCE REDUCTION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/dissonance-reduction/ (accessed June 25, 2021).