Living With Legilimens - by Queenie Goldstein

written by Nyx Lumiere

In 1923, The American Society of Legilimens approved this self-help book for family members and significant others who are living with natural legilimens. Living With Legilimens provides an understanding of your beloved and gives you concise instructions on mastering the art Occlumency.

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The Mind of a Master Occlumens

Chapter 7
Occlumency in essence is Cognitive Dissonance. In psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental stress (discomfort) experienced by a person who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values, when performing an action that contradicts those beliefs, ideas, and values; or when confronted with new information that contradicts existing beliefs, ideas, and values. Human beings strive for internal consistency. A person who experiences inconsistency tends to become psychologically uncomfortable, and so is motivated to try to reduce the cognitive dissonance occurring, and actively avoids situations and information likely to increase the psychological discomfort. For this reason it is very difficult and uncomfortable to master the art of Occlumency, because it is the diverging of the mind – the realization of a wizard’s soul.

A beginner would clear one's head. This is useful when the Legilimens doesn't know what he is looking for, if he is just casting about for information or chinks in the armour. An advanced Occlumens is able to push specific thoughts which betray them away and lie to the Legilimens and maybe even push thoughts which have no basis in fact to the forefront.

It has been suggested that free will in relation to the content of the mind is tenuous at best. One cannot prevent the thoughts that come to their minds, but can ignore them by diverging into a different thought stream. Legilimens often have a habit of piercing memories through pathways of those that connect to them. For this reason it is important to mentally train oneself to associate their innermost darkest thoughts with unrelated concepts, such as unrelated memories. If a person is habitually trained to think of a dull dinner party in connection to an uneasy memory, the Legilimens may think of it as significant and probe into it (only to discover that the "hidden truth" of the memory is shallow).

Practice with your Legilimens; they are a valuable partner that can help you become an equal counter- Occlumens.
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