When Prophecy Fails: A Social & Psychological Study of a Modern Group that Predicted the Destruction of the World - Leon Festinger

When Prophecy Fails: A Social & Psychological Study of a Modern Group that Predicted the Destruction of the World

Leon Festinger

Overview

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 unfulf

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