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What are common ideas to resolve a cognitive dissonance in which the belief is realistic but causes problems for “coping with the world”?

What are common ideas to resolve a cognitive dissonance in which the belief is realistic but causes problems for “coping with the world”?


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If we assume that there is no extrinsic meaning in life (objectively speaking), it follows that one needs to have intrinsic values to make one's life meaningful.

However, an objective observation of our world tells us that we are just a set of random particles in a vastly huge universe. From that follows that we just exist and things like values, desires, morals,… are just "psychological" constructs that are neither right or wrong (and we mostly will never get to an answer like that).

The cognitive dissonance then appears as follows:
Analytical thoughts mostly occur to understand and categorize something (as right or wrong for example) - but this striving is contradictory to the belief that, objectively speaking, we will never get to a right-or-wrong answer and that there is no actual (physical) meaning or value.

This of course can lead into a deep rabbit-hole:

  • loss of intrinsic meaning and values ("they don't really exist - so why search")
  • inability in general decision-making("how to decide when there is no right/wrong" or "why decide when there is no meaning")
  • apathy, anxiety/panic/GAD (as a result of impression of no control over one's life), OCD, dissociation, depression…

Question
What does research or practical application suggest, when it comes to analytical (and probably rational) thinking patterns that create a cognitive dissonance, which subsequently (can) create serious psychological issues?



Comments:

  1. Deen

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  2. Anakin

    I don't realize

  3. Bataxe

    Actions don't always bring happiness! but there is no happiness without action =)

  4. Kazrajinn

    Yes, everyone can be

  5. Tokasa

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  6. Farnham

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