Examples of Psychological Contradictory Cognitions

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The main factor that contributed to Sarah’s attitude regarding her curfew was social cognition. Sarah’s friends were into partying and Sarah never had the experience to party with her friends due to her parents restrictions. Sarah’s curiosity to understand the society of her friends made her break the curfew rule and join her friends to the party. Optimistic bias that influenced her decision to go to the party, where she believed everything will turn out to be well. Social cognition, that she still does not know her society. Also Sarah feels fear that she will miss the party and the adventure. This is a new experience for her and curiosity will outweigh fear of punishment. Sarah has dissonant cognitions in her mind when she makes the decision to go to the party. Sarah knows that going to the party she will be breaking her parent’s rules to follow the curfew rule. On the other hand her friends tell her about the party and wish to attend the party with her friends. These two contradictory cognitions drive her to a psychological state of tension. She adjusts the psychological weight of the two cognitions by dismissing the importance of breaking curfew. Sarah pays higher importance to the cognition received from her friends to attend the party. Sarah wants to feel like part of a group and accepted by her friends. Sarah has to decide between rejections from her friends over punishment from the parent. Sarah confirmed to her peers of being a smart, sociable girl. Sarah agreed to go to the party with her friends to hang out and enjoy the night with her friends. Two reasons way Sarah allowed herself to join her friends in the going to the party. The most important reason could be curiosity to see other people and how other students beha... ... middle of paper ... ... her to decide to attend the party. Sarah and her friend’s behavior changed course when the fight broke out. Sarah and her friends then left the party to avoid any negative outcome of the fighting. Sarah and her friends made a positive decision to leave the party and return home for the evening. The question Sarah asked was the experience worth breaking her curfew with her parents. Although Sarah got to see how her friends and other students behaved after school, breaking the rules not recommended. Peer pressure can be hard to overcome, and curiosity can be just as strong as peer pressure. Everyone has desires to learn new things or even take risk, but they should be carefully examined before taking action. Sarah did meet a new friend not that this accuses her actions. Sarah might feel sad or even depressed of breaking the curfew rules of her parents.

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