Both have interaction with it: two possible types of relationships between the elements: positive or negative, results in eight possible triads, balanced triads. Imbalanced triads: reducing inconsistency, we are motivated to reduce imbalance. If the number of positive relationships in a triad is odd, then the triad is considered balanced. It appears that balance is a necessary condition for harmony, but it is not a sufficient condition: triads in associative networks, dissonance theory (festinger 1957, cognitions are either irrelevant or relevant to one another. July 27, 2020 if relevant they are either consistent or inconsistent consistent not a problem (like ice cream, buy ice cream) inconsistent problem. Initiation in the lab: participants received mild or strong electrical shock (iv1, as either part of an initiation ritual (to participate in a group discussion) or as a separate experiment (iv2, participated in the group discussion. Like two things equally how do i pick one.