Cognitive Dissonance

I get it.

If I noticed that when a mouse entered the room, Sally jumped on a chair and asked me to rid the room of it, I would deduce that Sally had a fear of mice. I would say, “Sally, I think you have a fear of mice.” Sally would agree. And we’d frolic hand in hand to the ice creamery for a shake and a cone.

If  several more instances occurred of Sally jumping on chairs every time a mouse entered the room, I would call it a phobia of mice. I would eventually say, “Sally, you are musophobic.” It is simpler and prettier than calling it, “Fear of mice or rats”.

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