It seems to me that there is a type of Cognitive Bias where someone continues to justify their suffering by claiming it was "meaningful" or "necessary" even in the face of clear evidence to the contrary. What is the name of this type of cognitive dissonance?
Examples could be:
- Working long unpaid over time on a project that was completely miss spec'd and useless but insisting it was useful in spite of strong evidence to the contrary.
- Justification of participation war in spite of evidence that the war was built on false pretences and had a net, very negative outcome.
- Maybe also being a victim of abuse and maintaining that "you deserved it", when quite clearly you didn't.
- Donating to a charity that has been shown to embezzle funds and flatly denying that the funds are used for the good cause you intended.
The closest I can get to explaining this is the sunk costs fallacy, but instead of investing more time or money, it is the continued investment of "mental energy" to maintain the incorrect position. The function of this is to prevent someone having to accept the truth, and process the trauma of the event.