Frantz Fanon Quote

“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn't fit in with the core belief.”

~ Frantz Fanon

quoted in Political Philosophy in the East an West: In Search of Truth, by Jaan Islam (2018)

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anonymous    5/7/14

Over the head.

Mike, Norwalk

That has been my observation also.

Ron w13, Or

Even when core beliefs are based on doubt, they will hold true to doubt. Grid lock in the church at large or government.
Socialism induced core belief.

jim k, austin tx

This is correct about most things and especially religion.

Ron w13, Or

With in the church it is termed "The mystery of iniquity ". Threskeia (superficial ) Denominationalism. "Cognitive Dissonance " is termed Conviction of Conscience by the Holy, ( separate), Spirit, (word) of Truth.

Chuck, New Windsor, NY

Great observation. This truth is so elementary, it is easily overlooked.

Bruce, Bethlehem, PA

It's a great observation, but I'm not convinced that Fanon wrote it. It's sometimes attributed to "Black Skin White Masks" but the phrase "cognitive dissonance" never appears in that text.

Sin, DC
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    Sin, DC    4/21/19

    This quote isn't in Black Skin, White Masks

    Wendy Mackey, Antigonish

    what page is this on?


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