The Relevance of Cognitive Dissonance Theory to the Movement to Ban Corporal Punishment, End Infant Circumcision, and Promote Attachment Parenting
Cognitive dissonance is a state of tension that occurs whenever a person holds two cognitions (ideas, attitudes, beliefs, opinions) that are psychologically inconsistent. Cognitive dissonance theory may be relevant to understanding why it is so difficult for many people to recognize that many normative childrearing practices are harmful, unnecessary, potentially traumatizing, and in some cases, a violation of human rights.
In Russia, during the 1980s, some innovative people engaged in powerful, grassroots initiatives, playfully and ironically called games, which were intended to improve the quality of life for people working in organizations and living in communities.
This is a story about Russian people, Common Russians, not famous politicians or sportsmen, or scientists. This story is about people you don't hear about on news reports. This community lives in the Ural Mountains and are known as "Molodyojney Jiloy Komplex", or "MJK", which means "Residential Complex for Youth." I want to share my admiration and compassion for the people who live there.
A journalist asked me to share my insight into this sphere that I have never publicly discussed before. Now I thought to share my reply with all of my readers:Read more
"I wrote this letter with hope that it will help you see that there are two groups of people who need your help: the rulers and the grassroots innovators. So far you've been giving money to the rulers. It hasn't helped the people. It is time to try supporting the other group".Read more