Resolving Dissonance

**Identify the scenario you chose and based on this scenario, write a 2- to 3-page paper that includes the following:

1. A definition of cognitive dissonance and a description of the dissonance present in the scenario you chose.
2. Include two suggestions to resolve the dissonance: one using accommodation and one using assimilation, with a detailed explanation for each.
3. Based on the Learning Resources from this week, explain which solution you think will be most effective in reducing dissonance and explain why.

***Learning resources
Newman, B. M., & Newman, P. R. (2016). Theories of human development (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Psychology Press/Taylor & Francis.
Chapter 4, “Cognitive Developmental Theory”

****Cognitive Dissonance Scenario #1

Coral is 30 years old and has lived in Texas, U.S., for the past five years. She works as a receptionist for an insurance company. Coral works long hours sitting behind a desk. After work she goes out to eat dinner with her friends, then goes home to watch television until bedtime. She has been steadily gaining weight due to her diet and sedentary lifestyle.

She had a medical checkup when she turned 30 and her doctor told Coral that she is extremely overweight and that her blood test indicates she is pre-diabetic. The doctor has told her the best way reduce the likelihood of developing Type II diabetes is to lose weight through regular exercise and diet. Coral doesn’t know where she will find the time to exercise and she enjoys eating out too much to give that up.

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