Cognitive dissonance theory states that if we hold two conflicting beliefs, we will change our beliefs to decrease the discomfort of the conflict. Relate this theory to an experience from your own life. Is there a time when you have changed your opinion because you realized that your beliefs were in conflict? What were the original conflicting beliefs? What change in belief(s) reduced the discomfort of the conflict? Did you keep the new beliefs or find yourself wanting to return to the old beliefs?