Sunday, February 14, 2010

Chapter 6

According to our textbook, cognitive dissonance is a psychological discomfort experienced when attitudes and behaviors are incongruent, or do not match. I tried to do more research about how this affects the people’s ability to function in the workplace. I found out that cognitive dissonance plays a big role, especially when it comes to learning a new task. According to an article by Mutarika Pruksapong, “People are usually accustomed to and less willing to step out of their comfort zone. If the new knowledge makes them feel uncomfortable to learn, they are unlikely to neither commit to learning of such new knowledge nor be involved in action” The author continues on to say, “Negative attitude puts the required initial acceptance for change movement at difficulty.” (Pruksapong)

This made me think about how a team works, in the workforce and even inside our classroom. It reminded me of our first few days, trying to come up with the class rules. It also made me think about the upcoming months, working with our groups. These thoughts made me agree with Pruksapong. It does not matter if we think we can do well as a group if our attitudes are negative. To be able to work well together, we need to have an open mind and attitude. This is the only we can make change for the better.


Pruksapong, Mutarika. "Organizational Member Learning and the Influential Factors." 7 October 2008. 12 February 2010 .

1 comment:

  1. It is interesting how behaviors are so greatly affected by attitudes. Simply coming to new conclusions about something can change an attitude and attitudes define behavior and promote motivation. Having a positive attitude will result in greater achievement and a more friendly organizational environment. Attitudes are also infectious, meaning that if organizational leaders have positive attitudes, it will spread to their peers.