One of the peculiarities of being connected to people on Facebook is I am friends with students I used to teach when that was my job. They are all adults now, some with families of their own. They post pictures of their children going to school, and make very grown up comments about them. That’s no big deal, I know.
But of course in my world, these people are still as I remember them. There’s something in us that cannot update our internal information unless we see the evidence ourselves. No matter how illogical that may be.
Of course, I know they have changed, and my perceptions have not, and it is amusing to see my faculties at loggerheads! Dissonance is what you label it. And you get over it, you resolve it, you take steps to let yourself catch up.
It is part of the Christian life, too. Being forgiven, being loved by God, becoming a son or daughter, are realities we find ourselves in, but struggle to comprehend and take on board. Dissonance.
But note that dissonance is adjusting to reality. What a reality we have been transported into!