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Post by Mohamed Al Mohannadi on April 30, 2016

Hi Dr Wheeler,

You say that usually when people are forced certain behaviors, their attitudes will align with those behaviors automatically.

I understand that when the behaviors and attitudes are not aligned that is called Cognitive Dissonance. What I am asking is what is the process called of when the attitudes align with the forced behaviors?

May I please add that I strongly relate to this. At the age of 13, my attitude and my behaviors were extremely contrasting which created Cognitive Dissonance and depression. After dealing with my behaviors day by day, I could not change them to align with my attitude and to this day both my attitude and behavior are still contrasting and my depression, anxiety and stress are increasing. How is that possible?

Thank you for your time

Social Psychology: Attitudes & Behavior

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Social Psychology 0:11
    • Influence On Our Attitudes and Behavior Can Be Strong
    • Social Psychology
  • Attribution Theory 1:02
    • Attribute Others' Behavior To Internal Dispositions or to External Situations
    • Fundamental Attribution Error
  • Attitudes and Behavior 2:45
    • Defining Attitude
    • Defining Behavior
    • Cognitive Dissonance
  • Cognitive Dissonance 4:43
    • Smoker Example
    • People Often Refuse to Believe Something That Goes Against What They Think is True
    • Foot-in-the-door Phenomenon
    • Dissonance Created Leads to a Change in Attitude
  • Adopting a Role 10:37
    • Behave as Society Expects a Person In That 'Role' to Behave
    • Our Behavior in a Role Influences Our Attitudes
    • Stanford Prison Study
  • Changing Attitudes and Behavior 13:57
    • Can Change How We Think About Others and Feel About Ourselves
    • Various Therapies Involve Acting in a More Positive Manner