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    A few fans have asked me what is Dissonance Theory? After all, it’s included in the title of the upcoming episode of Westworld: Dissonance Theory.

    According to psych central, it’s the term coined by psychologist Leon Festinger in 1954 to describe the feeling of psychological discomfort produced by the combined presence of two thoughts that do not follow from one another. Festinger proposed that the greater the discomfort, the greater the desire to reduce the dissonance of the two cognitive elements. Dissonance theory suggests that if individuals act in ways that contradict their beliefs, then they typically will change their beliefs to align with their actions (or vice-a-versa).

    Clearly, Dolores has been suffering from this stress ever since her father, Peter Abernathy found the photo from the outside world. Now Dolores struggles with two beliefs, one being her scripted life as a farmer’s daughter and the other is her desire to be free. Clearly Dolores is a security threat to the park.

    Do you believe Dolores needs to be restored like Bernard suggested or allowed to continue?


    Allow her to continue… but are there more than one time lines in this show being depicted? Some of the scenes would seem to indicate that so are we viewing her future or past?

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