It obviously is no accident that our notion of psychological aspects is expressible in terms which we usually relate to material science. Obviously, it is not just an association or a metaphorical description when we speak about mental stress and strain, psychological defects, mismatches, dislocations or – rather general – elastic and inelastic deformations. Taking the many forms of cognitive dissonances alone and considering their deforming effects regarding various time and spatial levels and scales, we cannot ignore the striking similarity to the same or mirroring situations in the world of energy and matter.
So we ask:
Is it possible that there is a much deeper connection than this similarity of words and expressions?