Silence, Censor, Restraint

Dissonance makes a person stop thinking “What can this person do for me?” and start wondering, “What is this person planning to do to me?” It also keeps you and another person from connecting—or, from a neurological point of view, achieving mirror neuron empathy—because you’re not sending the message you think you’re sending. –Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone by Mark Goulston M.D.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write internal dialogue for one of your character that exhibits dissonance. Show the conflict it creates.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you experience dissonance.

Art Prompt: Dissonance

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the psychological phenomenon of dissonance and how it creates conflicts in relationships.

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