Just want to share an interesting story with you all.
Visited my folks this past weekend just to see how they're doing. My mother, bless her heart, is a great woman and a great mother but loves her tabloid magazine too much, they were just everywhere in the living room.
I got curious, picked up a random magazine and casually read the cover page out load: "Mr. Moneybag gives a million dollar mansion to his new girlfriend to celebrate their anniversary."
My mother immediately chimed in, "Isn't she lucky? She dated Mr. Pop Singer for years and had never received any expensive gift from him, he's such a scrooge. But Mr. Moneybag is different, he's treating her right, don't you think?"
Without skipping a beat, I said "Yeah, but if I'm Mr. Pop Singer, you'd praise me for being smart with my money, whereas if I'm Mr. Moneybag, you'd slap me in the head for wasting my money."
It doesn't happen often, but when you point out people's cognitive dissonance, you can often see it on their face when their brain freezes; that's exactly what happened to my mother, she was trying to work through her hypergamy conflicting with her maternal instinct, and come up with an explanation for what she said.
It was kinda funny to watch her tried to come up with a response. After a few seconds, I can tell she has nothing so she just dropped the subject and walk into the kitchen.