Cognitive dissonance is a psychological phenomenon which refers to the discomfort felt at a discrepancy between what you already know or believe, and new information or interpretation.
A good example of this would be where one has two job interviews, one of which is for a good job that would take over 45 minutes to get to; and one of which is for a job you know very little about, but is much closer to home.
On comparing the two jobs, and realising that the first one offers much better opportunities for development, and is probably a more interesting role [with discounts on a certain brand of electronic goods], the balance between good job:bad journey gradually shifts, until you get so excited about the good job that you start to look forward to the commute.
Things a girl can do while commuting:
- Catch up with what the kids are hearing on the radio these days
- Keep up to date with current affairs by listening to the news
- Learn a language
- Dictate a novel [or more likely, blog posts] into the dictaphone device that I would be allowed to treat myself to
- Listen to interesting new CDs
- Tackle all those difficult classics like Mill on the Floss in audiobook format
- Install a hands-free kit, and make duty calls to my parents
Further suggestions on a postcard, or alternatively, in a comments box, please.