Cognitive dissonance: “Religions have depended on the relative isolation and ignorance of their flocks, forever, and this is all breaking down,” so says Tuft’s Centre for Cognitive Studies’, Daniel C. Dennett.
Cognitive dissonance is painful incredulity marked by inner contradiction in the Victim’s attitude towards the Victimizer. A common defense mechanism for coping w/ DECEPTION, DOMINATION and ABUSE. ..partly subconscious attempt to reconcile the contradictory claims and behavior of the disordered individuals who have TAKEN OVER their lives. …DENIAL...can be shifting the blame for what went wrong in the relationship from him, the culprit, to ourselves, or to OTHER victims.