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2. Examples

Everyone has dealt with cognitive dissonance at some point, whether they recognized it or not. One example of cognitive dissonance is continuing to smoke despite the common, medically-proven knowledge that smoking causes gum disease, emphysema, and cancer. Continuing an unhealthy diet while wanting to live a more health-conscious lifestyle is another real-world example of cognitive dissonance.

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