[Source: Dueling Analogs]
A good example of self-presentational truth-avoidance strategy.
• Individual lost game, possibily due to a perceived inability,
• Individual engages in remedial activities designed to save face (whether or not it was due to an actual inability)
• Individual avoids internalizing the loss as indicative of inability, if lack of skill is the real reason for losing, individual will deny lacking skill setting the stage for future losses.
• Individual scours the internet for some indication that the opponent may have been cheating
• Individual contacts friends who have also suffered losses at the hands of the opponent in order to discuss how unfair the opponent is.
• Individual makes a claim which is demonstrated to be false, perhaps due to a perceived lack of knowledge
• Individual engages in face-saving activities
• Individual denies the falsity of their knowledge and fails to engage in learning activities that would equip them with a more accurate understanding
• Individual searches google for their precise belief flipping through the first 10-15 hits overlooking disconfirming-sounding sites and eventually clinging to one that does confirm their preconceptions.
• Individual contacts church, family, friends, other "rationalists" to validate their own egos by listening to their friends tell them how correct they are and how wrong the other person is.
You've just outlined liberalism. Sadly, even when presented with this, the very same process would manage to filter out and ignore/refute it.
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