I found this at the Vindication website and was wondering what you all think:
"I'm not being facetious when I say this. Diane Dimond is mentally ill. She suffers from cognitive dissonance-that is, mental conflict that occurs when beliefs or assumptions are contradicted by new information. The concept was introduced by the psychologist Leon Festinger (1919-89) in the late 1950s. He and later researchers showed that, when confronted with challenging new information, some people seek to preserve their current understanding of the world by rejecting, explaining away, or avoiding the new information or by convincing themselves that no conflict really exists.
This is the state of mind in which the Demon finds herself: despite an acquittal, 16 computers with nothing on them, a boatload of FBI files that say absolutely nothing to support the Demon's beliefs about Michael Jackson, and a line out the door of young boys who said Michael never touched them, she clings to her beliefs. If she wasn't getting paid to express those beliefs, she wouldn't hold them, but since lying about Michael Jackson has pretty much been her sole source of income for 15 years, she cannot now say, "I was wrong" or "I now believe otherwise." Even if Jordan Chandler or any of the Arvizos came forward and said, "Michael Jackson never touched me," the Demon would find a way to rationalize her belief, just as she now accuses the FBI of not being "motivated enough" to prosecute.
The theory of cognitive dissonance proposes that people have a motivational drive to reduce dissonance by changing their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors, or by justifying or rationalizing their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. Cognitive dissonance theory is one of the most influential and extensively studied theories in social psychology.
A powerful cause of dissonance is an idea in conflict with a fundamental element of the self-concept, such as "I am a good person" or "I made the right decision." The anxiety that comes with the possibility of having made a bad decision can lead to rationalization, the tendency to create additional reasons or justifications to support one's choices. A person who just spent too much money on a new car might decide that the new vehicle is much less likely to break down than his or her old car. This belief may or may not be true, but it would likely reduce dissonance and make the person feel better. Dissonance can also lead to confirmation bias, the denial of disconfirming evidence, and other ego defense mechanisms.
You see, the Demon wants to believe of herself, "I'm a good person," while at the same time lying about Michael Jackson. It's impossible to think you're a good person while you're lying through your teeth, so your mind becomes unbalanced with cognitive dissonance.
She is to be pitied.
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