I'm a hypocrite, but so is everyone else: Group support and the reduction of cognitive dissonance

  • McKimmie B
  • Terry D
  • Hogg M
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Abstract

The impact of social support on dissonance arousal was investigated from a social identity view of dissonance theory. This perspective is seen as augmenting current conceptualizations of dissonance theory by predicting when normative information will impact on dissonance arousal and by indicating the availability of identity-related strategies of dissonance reduction. An experiment was conducted to induce feelings of hypocrisy under conditions of behavioral support or nonsupport. Group salience was either high or low, or individual identity was emphasized. As predicted, participants with no support from the salient in-group exhibited the greatest need to reduce dissonance through attitude change and reduced levels of group identification. Results were interpreted in terms of self being central to the arousal and reduction of dissonance. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved). (journal abstract)

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Authors

  • Antony MansteadCardiff University

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  • Blake M. McKimmie

  • Deborah J. Terry

  • Michael A. Hogg

  • Russell Spears

  • Bertjan Doosje

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