Cognitive dissonance is when the brain anticipates something it will see, hear or might happen and starts to respond as if it had already happened but something else happens instead. It is literally a mental stop and reset so the brain can process what it just perceived. Puns and word play often produce this effect.
The human brain literally anticipates what it will see, hear or sense next. The goal is to sometimes disrupt that anticipation. It breaks a mood, train of thought, expectation or lack of attention to what is really going on. The slave’s attention should always be on what the Master is really saying or doing rather than what they expect to be said or done. It can be done with some frequency but it breaks down rapidly as a tool the more frequently it is employed. The one exception might be for puns if you really can’t resist expressing the ones you create.
An example would be if the Master is feeding the slave. The Master creates a pattern of two bites of food then one drink of liquid. By setting then breaking that pattern the Master has caused Cognitive Dissonance when he breaks the pattern. The Master's goal is for the slave to wait for whatever comes and reinforcing their control of when and what food reaches the slave's mouth and the control of when and what the slave should eat. In this case, the tool Anticipation has been used to cause Cognitive Dissonance.
27 September 2018
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