“When Prophecy Fails” by Leon Festinger

American social psychologist Leon Festinger (1919-1989), along with colleagues, wrote the 1956 book When Prophecy Failsin which they coined the phrase “cognitive dissonance.”

Related articles:

Apocalypse Oak Park: Dorothy Martin, the Chicagoan Who Predicted the End of the World and Inspired the Theory of Cognitive Dissonance (Chicago Mag.com, May 20 2011)

Prophecy Fail: What happens to a doomsday cult when the world doesn’t end? (Slate magazine, May 20, 2011)

Sympathy for the Believers (Adam Doster blog post, May 20, 2011)

Harold Camping Admits He Was Wrong About End Of World Prediction (Huffington Post, March 9, 2012)

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