In compatible mode, social reality exists in harmony. However, when incompatible information enters, harmony is as in synchronized rhythm is lost. When we experience cognitive dissonance we are really experiencing the incompatibility of information. Whenever an individual behaves in a way that contradict an existing attitude creating a feeling of discomfort. As dissonance means a lack of harmony and or agreement. Now, there is yet another version which says cognitive dissonance happens to the individual as a matter of experiencing distance from one's 'affirmed principles and while knowing that still somehow able to experience a behavior which is not of their affirmed attitude toward that behavior. Essentially, this is the experience of incompatible information. One kind is in storage and the other executed.
illustration for this would be if a person declares that they are
anti-abortion and in an unplanned event find themselves driving a friend to the doctor only to discover that this friends is going to have
an abortion. Or, after having declared that one is a Christian, then find
themselves in a situation whereby they are inadvertently supporting a
secular decision to prohibit Christian symbols in public. The
awareness of this disjunction in oneself in one's consciousness causes
the feeling of being cognitive dissonant as inharmonious quantum rhythm or what I prefer to call
incompatibility of affirmed as in 'saved' data appearing true in
conflict with non-affirmed as in 'incompatible' data appearing corrupt.
person can declare that they tolerate others, but they can find
themselves in a situation in which they appear not to tolerate;
reflecting an event or phenomena of incompatibility of information
occurring in the social imagination. This naturally occurring social
imagination event belongs to everyone (as in experienced by) whether
they are a minority or majority group member. It is an experience of
incompatible data. This is not because of their own choice (as in
'on/for purpose') but largely due to different embedded programs
acquired through shared data (socialization) often complicated by
unforeseen circumstances of place. Therefore, cognitive dissonance
arises through social interaction of competing data in a place due to
the configuring of socially embedded information engaged dynamically in
that place resulting in unexpected and or residual outcomes.
What is harmonic quantum rhythm? It is when we choose to agree the observed path was/is the 'right' path taken as determined to be right in that quantum moment. In that way, all such moments become 'right' as believed to the 'best path' chosen and harmonic quantum rhythm is achieved. Effectively, choice determines harmonious quantum rhythm but only in the mode of compatibility ~ full as in complete agreement. Society as a totality of social reality functions in the same way. Weber said that choice determines who you are and your 'outcome' as in end; and this is applied to society. It is not surprising that we have the tendency in all choices to make them in compatibility mode... so as not to lose out as in loss of harmonic quantum rhythm.
*Jesus Christ was the first to point out -to society- that choice determines outcome...your (its) end.