Stories about access and cognitive dissonance

“In A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance (1957), Leon Festinger proposed that human beings strive for internal psychological consistency to function mentally in the real world. A person who experiences internal inconsistency tends to become psychologically uncomfortable and is motivated to reduce the cognitive dissonance. They tend to make changes to justify the stressful behavior, either by adding new parts to the cognition causing the psychological dissonance or by avoiding circumstances and contradictory information likely to increase the magnitude of the cognitive dissonance. “Coping with the nuances of contradictory ideas or experiences is mentally stressful. It requires energy and effort to … Continue reading Stories about access and cognitive dissonance

Shift-It Resources

Someone recently wrote, kind of disparagingly, that there are hundreds maybe thousands of kinds of person centred planning tools.  Well, not really.  I’ve found about 80 and while there continue to be new ones created all the time, they often replicate other resources, for reasons of corporate or personal branding rather than because someone has a new, better idea.   These are also often uninformed by theory and contemporary practices.  If you really don’t have a better idea, don’t bother, really.  If you do, please create and share it! Of these processes, the most elegant and beneficial that I’ve found are … Continue reading Shift-It Resources

PATH – the Dream section comes first in the buffet of choices and plans…

PATH has seven sections and over the years each of them has captured my attention and, for a while, I think that part is the most important part.  But I was struck this week as I think about these ideas by this posting from Seth Godin, one of my go-to leaders (I ask my leadership students to subscribe to his blog and then try to use his postings for discussions over the semester).  Godin writes: What’s at the front of the line? A study of behavior at breakfast buffets showed that the first item in the buffet was taken by … Continue reading PATH – the Dream section comes first in the buffet of choices and plans…