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more tired I became, my desire to continue on my hike decreased. My peers also discouraged me
from continuing to hike the Wall. I was experiencing dissonance due to the fact that it felt like I
would be wasting a great opportunity to hike the Great Wall. I made a decision to continue. To
reduce the dissonance, I added a new cognition through self-affirmation by telling myself, “the
pain was worth the opportunity to climb the Great Wall.” I minimized the discomfort I was
feeling by adding a cognition that made my experience rewarding and satisfying.
An example of dissonance I experienced on a larger scale occurred when I was living a
lifestyle that did not match up the values of my Christian faith. As a pastor’s child, I grew up
believing certain values that I eventually held as my own, developing my own cognition. As a
Christian, I recognized that my lifestyle needed to match up with my faith. However, there was a
period in my life where I lived a lifestyle involving drinking alcohol, smoking, and partying,
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