Date: March 20th, 2012 9:41 AM
Author: phi beta cappuccino (:()
Psychologists say that a person who has opposite thoughts and convictions feels anxious and searches for coherence in his situation. The fable about the fox who wanted grapes but could not reach them is an example of this psychic phenomena. In the end, he decided that the grapes were sour. He convinced himself that they must be sour so that he wouldnít feel bad for not being able to reach them. Sweet lemons is another example. A person spends a large amount of money to buy a car and afterwards discovers that there is something wrong with it. Then he has two thoughts: Iím a fool for having bought it and/or I donít want to think that Iím a fool. He then rationalizes that there is nothing wrong with the car. He sweetens the lemon by denying the real condition of the car. He emphasizes the carís good qualities while ignoring the bad ones.