This method gives participants the chance to express the cognitive dissonance that they might experience in their working lives.
This method is a quick and easy way to capture feelings of contradiction or cognitive dissonance that many people experience in their work as change agents. Participants are presented with a challenging or overwhelming issue, similar to what they would face in their work life. The exercise requires them to compose two texts: an “official” tweet, responding to the issue from the perspective of their job or position; and a text to a trusted friend or confidant. The two compositions represent the likely contradiction between one’s official stance and one’s personal feeling about it. Expressing and acknowledging such contradiction can clear the way for more creative and innovative thinking and working.
Index cards or sticky notes if the text & tweet will be posted or saved.
Harmon-Jones & Mills (1999). Cognitive Dissonance: Progress on a Pivotal Theory in Social Psychology.
Cooper (2007). Cognitive Dissonance: 50 Years of a Classic Theory.
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