The MWS Podcast 36: Elliot Aronson on Cognitive Dissonance

Today’s guest is Elliot Aronson, one of the most distinguished social psychologists in the world, his books include the Social Animal and Cooperation in the Classroom: The Jigsaw Method, he co-authored the book on cognitive dissonance ‘Mistakes were made but not by me’ with Carol Tavris and has also fairly recently written his autobiography ‘Not by chance alone’ – the latter two I’ve read and would highly recommend. He was chosen by his peers as one of the hundred most influential psychologists of the 20th century and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is the only psychologist to have won all three of the American Psychological Associations top awards for writing, for teaching and for research. He’s here to talk to us today a little bit about his life, the theory of cognitive dissonance and how it might relate to the Middle Way.


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About Barry Daniel

I live in the Lake District in the UK where I run a guesthouse with my partner Kate and my cat Manuel. I enjoy painting, hillwalking, reading, visiting and entertaining friends, T’ai Chi and playing the guitar. I’m engaged to a certain degree in the local community, as a volunteer with Samaritans and I’m a fairly active member of the local Green party. I’ve had a relatively intuitive sense of the Middle Way most of my adult life but it found a greater articulation and a practical direction through joining the society. It’s also been interesting and great fun engaging with other people with a similar outlook. My main contribution to the society is conducting the podcast interviews, something that gives me a lot of satisfaction and that I’ve learnt a lot from.

2 thoughts on “The MWS Podcast 36: Elliot Aronson on Cognitive Dissonance

  1. Brilliant! I’d almost say that was the best podcast yet. Aronson obviously understands the Middle Way deeply and as the obvious implication of a lifetime’s research. One also gets an impression of a wise and compassionate personality. Leon Festinger and cognitive dissonance already feature in the new book I’m in the process of writing – Middle Way Philosophy 4: The Integration of Belief.

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