What we can learn about Psychology from the Maid Narratives: A Case of Cognitive Dissonance
Katherine Stuart van Wormer*
University of Northern Iowa cedar falls, Iowa, United States
- Corresponding Author:
- Katherine Stuart van Wormer
University of Northern Iowa, 610 Tremont St.
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613, United States
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: July 02, 2015; Accepted date: September 25, 2015; Published date: October 03, 2015
Citation: van Wormer KS (2015) What we can learn about Psychology from the Maid Narratives: A Case of Cognitive Dissonance. J Psychol Psychother 5:207. doi:10.4172/2161-0487.1000207
Copyright: © 2015 van Wormer KS. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
This brief paper explores Festinger’s classic theory of cognitive dissonance as a psychological phenomenon that can be applied to situations of social oppression. This framework is discussed in terms of older white women from the U.S. South who grew up with black women who worked as maids in their home under conditions of racial segregation.