Cognitive dissonance and newspeak

Is negation of a negative a good negotiation strategy? Serious question. Could it be a useful way to respond to today’s pervasive cognitive dissonance in today’s upside down culture where giant global corporations, governments, quasi governments and elites promote wholesale destruction and reset of sovereignty, economies, cultures and religions.

Cognitive dissonance definition: psychological conflict resulting from incongruous beliefs and attitudes held simultaneously

For example: “probably not unrelated to” instead of “probably is related to”

Answer by Leslie Shaw, Negotiation Trainer at ESCP Business School:

1. It is likely that uncontrolled immigration will lead to social chaos.

2. It is not unlikely that uncontrolled immigration will lead to social chaos. Sentence number 2 is more convincing for a neutral listener than sentence number 1.

Newspeak:

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Deliberately ambiguous and contradictory language used to mislead and manipulate the public.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A mode of talk by politicians and officials using ambiguous words to deceive the listener.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun deliberately ambiguous and contradictory language use to mislead and manipulate the public

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Newspeak, a language invented by George Orwell in the novel 1984.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

https://www.wordnik.com/words/newspeak

About budbromley

Bud is a retired life sciences executive. Bud's entrepreneurial leadership exceeded three decades. He was the senior business development, marketing and sales executive at four public corporations, each company a supplier of analytical and life sciences instrumentation, software, consumables and service. Prior to those positions, his 19 year career in Hewlett-Packard Company's Analytical Products Group included worldwide sales and marketing responsibility for Bioscience Products, Global Accounts and the International Olympic Committee, as well as international management assignments based in Japan and Latin America. Bud has visited and worked in more than 65 countries and lived and worked in 3 countries.
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2 Responses to Cognitive dissonance and newspeak

  1. johnmaney@comcast.net says:

    Bud,

    Thanks for his thought-provoking post.

    John

    Liked by 1 person

  2. kegevans157 says:

    Like….there is no evidence that masks reduce transmission, instead of, there is evidence that masks do not reduce transmission.

    Sent from my iPhone

    >

    Like

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