What the heck is Cognitive-Emotive Dissonance?


 I attended my last therapy meeting Wednesday and the therapist talked about Cognitive-Emotive Dissonance.   When she spoke these words, I repeated them out loud, trying to get a feel for these three words because evidently these three words are something that I should be really comforted with.   The feeling of discomfort that results from holding two conflicting beliefs is Cognitive Emotive. When there is a difference between beliefs and behaviors, something must change to end or reduce the conflict.

Well this is your girl right here, because I am currently in  this situation  and I am trying to make eating healthy normal behavior.  When you embark on a healthy life change you are changing behaviors that you have viewed as normal for your whole life.  Learning to eat the right food that will not cause weight gain and that are good for your body, requires a lot of effort and you will  have to be very aware of what you are eating all the time. 

According to my therapist she stated that you have to realize that your old way of eating, feeling or acting when it comes to eating healthy is not right. Develop a more healthy way of thinking about food and practice, practice and practice until it becomes your normal way of thinking. 

Overall I believe that I am currently converting to this new way of thinking, it is hard changing, but it has awesome rewards that I am eager to see and enjoy.

17 thoughts on “What the heck is Cognitive-Emotive Dissonance?

  1. I think that changing a belief system is hard to do, but necessary. If there is a common theme in the posts I’ve read over the past 3 months, is that a lifestyle change must be made in order to reach a healthy weight, and lifestyle. You must be close now Tracy! Do you have a date????


    • Nope not yet. The doctor will meet on February 7, 2014 and approve the next group for the surgery and I hope I am in that group. Keep your finger cross for me. Then I have to go through the insurance approval. I tell you it is a journey just to get the surgery approved.


    • Actually I have changed my mind several times only to go back to it. Have some other medical conditions that finally help me make mind up and decide I was going to do it. Maybe if I wouldn’t have the hips problems I wouldn’t have it. But because the doctor are refusing to do the hips surgery because of my weight to Me it is a requirement.


      • You can do this! I tell you I am the laziest person when it comes to helping myself…I am always pushing my priorities away or avoiding them…so if I can change my mind so can you. Don’t eat junk you can change your mind about anything! Have you tried Curves I hear they are introducing Jillian Micheals workout (which is what I am doing) with the machines and the curves diet (which is what I did to start this journey). I find that the diet started my mind change really because in every moment I had to think about what I was eating and whether it fit into the plan. After a week I was used to it. It is like fasting at first it is hard to remember nothing goes in your mouth but after a week you are used to it. However I do remember how grouchy I was for maybe the first month. You are worth it. I find your blog so interesting and look forward to reading more!


      • I will thanks for all the advices. I wished I could lose all the weight without surgery but I always fall off the wagon. I will look the book you online and let you know what I think.


      • You can do it! Don’t fall off the wagon. I am sure that you like me and so many people have overcome many things by using our will power. I remember asking myself how I could become a vegetarian and have the will power to give up burgers but I didn’t have the will power to change my eating habits. There are certain things that are so important in our lives that no amount of temptation can change our mind about it. Make this your new obsession! You can do it you really can and you want to do it and I want you to do it and believe me that corporations like Wonder Bread don’t want you do it and they will tell you they love you just the way you are but they don’t care about you. You care about you!


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