noun, Psychology.
anxiety that results from simultaneously holding contradictory or otherwise incompatible attitudes, beliefs, or the like, as when one likes a person but disapproves strongly of one of his or her habits.
(psychol) an uncomfortable mental state resulting from conflicting cognitions; usually resolved by changing some of the cognitions

1957, developed and apparently coined by U.S. social psychologist Leon Festinger (1919-1989).


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