Posts Tagged ‘cognitive dissonance’

I very much enjoyed the experience of presenting. I realize, after the fact, just how much my left brain dominates.  Although I have a good understanding of how the artistic, right-brained individuals function, I am less tolerant of their function than I would like to be when it comes to what I perceive to be  “professional” events and functions. I am not sure if that is something I learned or if it is innate.

I wanted to (and was) on time for the meeting for the presenters. Part of me knew it would be foolish to worry about being on time for an “artsy event”  but that’s who I am (remember the left-brain dominance). The meeting did not occur and the person who called it did not arrive until forty-five minutes later. In fact the level of organization was just not the tight, structured,  Japanese, haiku-like form that is PechaKucha. So as I waited and watched for the show to begin, safely inhaling oxygen at 4 litres per minute (one of the presenters wore a LOT of fragrance), I experienced some cognitive dissonance. I so firmly believe that the production should be organized, should start on time, should be coordinated  professionally – after all people are paying to see the show. On the other hand the audience is happy, largely unaware that the media is not present, the photographer and film crew are absent, the meeting did not take place – they are more than happy.

Dissonance…tells more about me than the situation… “dissonance is reduced by justifying, blaming, and denying”.  I realize I have done all three. So while other people turn inward with nervousness, do I look outward…settling upon justification for the situation by noting that all went well despite the disorganization which I perceived?  The arts community pitched in and did what was needed. The audience was inspired. The focus was on the positive. The networking was amazing….and the feedback I received was great.

It seems that people were, on the whole,  inspired and motivated.

And when I reread “What makes a good PechaKucha” (it means chitchat in Japanese…) from the originator’s website, I know this whole thought process is something I need to continually work through…

“Good PechaKucha presentation are the ones that uncover the unexpected, unexpected talent, unexpected ideas. Some PechaKuchas tell great stories about a project or a trip. Some are incredibly personal, some are incredibly funny, but all are very different making each PechaKucha Night like ‘a box of chocolates’.”

It was a box of chocolates – there was something for everyone at PKN Coquitlam.

My granddaughter likes shopping for clothes. I find computer equipment much more interesting (and useful). She listens to music and certainly knows the names of the actors and musicians that appear in interesting designer clothing at the Oscars. I read Popular Mechanics and wanted to TWEET about a new reason why GFCI’S (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters) might be tripping for what seems like no reason because of (GET THIS!!) old, energy inefficient refrigerators! So yesterday we went to the mall (a Saturday – the things we do for our grandchildren!) and looked at shoes and clothes for a couple of hours. Then she sat in the van and listened to her iPod while I spent a half hour at NCIX picking up a few things. She exclaimed, “What were you doing in there so long?”

Different brains like different things. And now I am thinking my friend, Peter, would like these GFCI circuits everwhere so they will detect rogue electricity as he carries on with his mission against electromagnetic radiation.

Now my friend suffers from an uncomfortable state of cognitive dissonance because, I believe, he too is a “nerd” and yet he is discovering huge volumes of information that point to health and environmental issues that show the technologies to be unacceptable. I have to remember that I spent an early part of my life “living off the land” with minimal technology, no electricty and no running water. It isn’t the way. Going backwards is not the answer. Somehow we must accept the differences inherent in the brains of others and begin to solve the conflict in our own minds. For me this has been done by allowing for imperfection. By allowing myself and others to be imperfect, I can now allow that I will work towards improving the effects of technology. I will know I don’t have all the information. I will know that no side on this issue is 100% correct and no side 100% incorrect. Nothing will be black or white. Gathering information will be paramount while suspending absolute judgment will be helpful. I can lean in a direction without discounting ideas from another. This kind of openmindedness is what I aim for and desire in others, whatever the issue. It is very peaceful for the brain…even if I lean towards nerdiness.