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How much cognitive dissonance is in your life?

How much cognitive dissonance is in your life?

The Autistic Collaboration Trust has been active in researching cultural and psychological safety from an intersectional perspective. We now explore the level of cognitive dissonance that is generated by the societies that people are embedded in. You are invited to contribute! The results of this research will inform the education services we provide to healthcare professionals and education providers.

As part of the overarching research theme How (the lack of) diversity in the way we collectively think about the future shapes the futures that are (im)possible this project explores the subconscious ideological roots of modern industrialised society and the emotional impact of the modern human predicament.

Cognitive dissonance surfaces whenever human emotional limits are reached. The catch is that those humans who are capable of considering themselves to be culturally well adjusted have a capacity for maintaining cognitive dissonance that seems nearly unlimited from an Autistic perspective.

As pointed out in earlier articles, the discipline of economics and the modern belief in the invisible hand are best understood as the foundational beliefs of a cult. More and more people are reaching this conclusion.

In case you remain skeptical and prefer to think of the discipline of financial economics as a social science, the following short talk by John Seed may help you to see the many dogmatic assumptions that are baked into the modern economic discipline. John Seed advocates to replace the religion of economics with a spiritual movement based on the sanctity of the living planet:

Contribute your lived experience to our participatory research

You and your friends and colleagues can greatly assist our research by filling in our 8-minute anonymous survey on cognitive dissonance. Many thanks for your participation! 

The survey explores 21 social scenarios. For each scenario you are asked to think about the following questions 

  1. How do you feel?
  2. How does society expect you to feel?
  3. How do your friends expect you to feel?
  4. How does your life partner expect you to feel?

and choose one of the following answers 

  1. Really bad
  2. Somewhat bad
  3. Neutral
  4. Somewhat good
  5. Really good
  6. Could not do this (for example due to ethical concerns)
  7. Not applicable

As with all our participatory research, the results will be published via AutCollab.org, and will inform the education services we provide to healthcare professionals and education providers.

The above survey design is new. If you have any questions regarding the survey, or have suggestions for improving the survey, please leave a comment. All feedback is appreciated.

Reducing cognitive dissonance, catalysing intersectional solidarity

You can join us with your research ideas – and anything else you might want to discuss – at the NeurodiVerse Days of Intersectional Solidarity July 2024.

There is an urgent need to catalyse intersectional neurodiverse and indigenous ecologies of care all over the world. Neurodivergent, indigenous, and otherwise marginalised people depend on each other in ways that differ from the cultural norm – and that is pathologised in hypernormative societies. The endless chains of trauma must be broken.

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