Speaking of psychology, I’ve been reading more about cognitive dissonance lately. You know, that uncomfortable feeling you get when you experience or witness something that conflicts with the beliefs and values you’ve always held to be true. I’m sure we’ve all experienced this at some point. It’s part of living and discovering new things.
But something occurred to me the other day: what about cognitive resonance? Is this a term that’s out there or would that just refer to your normal day-to-day state, where what you experience matches up with what you believe, so there is no need to call it anything?
What I’m thinking about here, specifically, is that state of feeling somewhat “high” or lightheaded when looking at a painting, or a piece or architecture, or the description of its history, or a piece of literature, that seem to really resonate with what you think/believe/hope for; with some kind of universal truth, if such a thing exists. It happens to me all the time, when I’m reading or in a museum. Does this happen to anyone else? Or am I imagining things here?
p.s. I’ve Googled “cognitive resonance,” of course. Nothing much turns up except for a band called that.