What do you do if people disagree with you? Get angry, resign to fate, fight, ignore them…well look up the Cognitive disonance….but first read on..
There are some deep beliefs that you cannot question. Let us say the scientists in the world believed that the world is flat. It means many years of research including greats like Aristotle who had not said anything to the contrary.
So if I were a scientist in that era and a few guys like Galileo and Bruno came with the theory that the world is well, er round – sphere. Typically Galileo was lucky – both G and B were arrested – but Bruno was burnt at the stake. Well, do not dare to disagree.
Why am I bringing it up here? Cognitive Dissonance is what happens when you hear something that is contrary to your thinking. It increases your blood pressure, you may sweat, you display nervousness, irritability….and hatred for the messenger. So when I say ‘Real estate is not a good investment…’ I hope I do not get lynched. Or if I can prove to people that they have underperformed PPF over a 10 year period.
Complete denial is “How can I underperform ppf – I have invested in good companies – Colgate, HUL, L&T, SBI, Hdfc…..Well I do not know, but excel is a cruel tool – it tells me you have got 7%, is a HATED answer.
Asset allocation is a must – you must have debt, equity, cash and real estate in your portfolio – is again met with “Debt gives lousy returns…’ However Hdfc Prudence fund has outperformed many equity funds on an SIP basis – maybe thanks to the 2008 and 2009 ‘V’ shaped market movement.
So if you hear that I got lynched you know one / a few readers of subramoney who had cognitive dissonance. Or ask Galileo. His family would have been happy that he was only arrested and imprisoned and not burnt like Bruno. So the most important lesson is when I am hearing something which I do not LIKE to believe or goes against the model of my thought, I should keep cool. If I am telling somebody what he DOES NOT WANT to believe….I should be cool and do it in small doses.
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