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When Prophecy Fails

By: Festinger, Leon Riecken, Henry W. Schachter, Stanley

1905177194 / 9781905177196
Paperback / softback
Stock expected by 15/04/2020
United Kingdom
139 x 201 mm, 259 grams 256 pages, Illustrations
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In 1954 Leon Festinger, a brilliant young experimental social psychologist in the process of inventing a new theory of human behavior - the theory of cognitive dissonance - and two of his colleagues, Henry Riecken and Stanley Schachter, infiltrated a cult who believed the end of the world was only months away.

How would these people feel when their prophecy remained unfulfilled?

Would they admit the error of their prediction, or would they, as Festinger predicted, readjust their reality to make sense of the new circumstances?Not only is When Prophecy Fails of great historical importance as the first test of a powerful theory, but it is also a surprisingly touching account of what happens to ordinary people under extraordinary circumstances.


JMH Social, group or collective psychology, JMR Cognition & cognitive psychology, JMX Parapsychological studies

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