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Social Vigilantes

Just as vigilantes in the old west took it upon themselves to enforce their views of justice, social vigilantes think it is their duty to tell the rest of us what to believe.

Kids, Would You Please Lower Your Weapons?

With authoritarians on both the Right and the Left dominating political discourse, it's tough (and sometimes unsafe) for the sensible center to get a word in edgewise.
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Study Shows Generous Behavior Leads to Increased Happiness

Helping others can lead us toward a brighter tomorrow.

Does Science Require a Leap of Faith?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on December 04, 2017 in Talking Apes
No one has ever changed their essential beliefs on the basis of rational arguments.

More Posts on Persuasion

Social Cohesiveness

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on January 09, 2018 in Jacob's Staff
Fighting over differences only leads to increasing violence and divisiveness. Who can change the mind of another? What is a constructive alternative for positive change?

Effective Persuasion Strategies in Romantic Relationships

How do people persuade and influence their dates or mates? What tactics do they use to change the minds of their lovers and partners? Find out what the research says…

Our Illusions of Role Models, Heroes, and Idols

By Saul Levine M.D. on December 22, 2017 in Our Emotional Footprint
Our role models (action heroes, movie stars, great minds, artists or world leaders), have been attributed wonderful qualities, but they're ordinary people, both worthy and flawed.

How to Stay Cheerful When He is Naughty

By Donna Barstow on December 19, 2017 in Ink Blots Cartoons
How to negotiate with your mate (or not), and 10 great Christmas quotes for YOU, if you're feeling cranky.

Five Steps to Convince Science Deniers Over Holidays

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on December 15, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Want to convince science deniers without arguing? A five-step research-based strategy can help.

How to Deal With Irrational Family Members Over the Holidays

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on December 10, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Want peaceful and productive engagements with irrational family members over the holidays in 5 steps? You can't skip this article!
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How Screwing Up Can Boost Your Influence

By Tim David on December 04, 2017 in The Magic of Human Connection
He didn’t appear polished in any way. He literally almost fell off the stage. But when it was all over, more than half of the room rushed back to buy his product. Why?

Why Is It Important to Have Personal Boundaries?

Boundaries are our guidelines for what you will and won’t accept in a relationship. They show people how to treat you and what to expect from you.

The Importance of Storytelling in Creative Work

By Melissa Kirk on November 09, 2017 in Test Case
By sharing and being vulnerable, we give our community permission to share and be vulnerable and connect with us.

Why Get Out of Bed?

By Jennifer Haupt on October 16, 2017 in One True Thing
What would happen if I didn’t rip back the sheets, slap one foot on the floor and then the other, and then keep on moving all day long? A meditation on functional depression.
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6 Manipulations Used in Sexual Harassment

What manipulative tricks do sexual harassers use to get women to comply? A recently released tape of Harvey Weinstein talking to a model may hold some clues.

Machiavellian Marketers

Bad marketing sometimes snares the gullible, but most of us are savvy enough to avoid cons such as “eat all you want and still lose weight!” It’s the good marketing that lures us.
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How to Bring Someone to Their Senses

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in In Control
There is not a stick strong enough nor a carrot juicy enough to deposit a “sense” in someone else’s mind if it does not fit with their views and their life.

Crisis Hostage Negotiation and the Impact of "Control"

By Jeff Thompson Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Beyond Words
Find out how hostage negotiators help return a sense of control back to the person they are negotiating with so you can apply it to your work and personal life.

Fighting the Normalization of Post-Truth Politics

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Intentional Insights
We should be deeply concerned with the normalization of post-truth politics. Fortunately, psychological strategies provide a way to combat this problem.

A Kinder, Gentler Approach to Kim Jong Un

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 12, 2017 in How To Do Life
Psychological and communication tactics for reducing conflict, even when dealing with a "monster."

The Root of All Hypocrisy

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 08, 2017 in Ambigamy
In a pinch, we pull out bogus one-size-fits-all moral rules that we can't, won't, and shouldn't try to live by.

"Believe Me"

By Joe Navarro M.A. on August 31, 2017 in Spycatcher
The salesperson says, "Believe me." Should you? Some thoughts from the forensic files.

First, Cause Pain

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on August 26, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
The martial arts concept of graduated response can also be used to give others latitude to alter behaviors before we apply severe reprimand or caustic criticism.

The Power of Persuasion: 6 Ways to Get Your Way

Making the principles of persuasion work for you.

Why Do Your Facebook Friends Have So Much Political Bias?

Myside bias makes us notice, search for, and favor evidence that supports what we already believe. Why do we do this? And is it worse on social media?

Untangling Myths About Human Trafficking

With human trafficking being known as 'modern day slavery,' it's imperative that we shatter the commonly-held myths about this criminal act to help better identify and stop it.

Making Healthy Choices

A third of Americans are obese and consumers spend more than $50 billion on weight loss. The reasons for the obesity epidemic may surprise you. Hint: Big Brother is trying to help.

Three Ways People Try to Manipulate You

Three ways people try to manipulate us. Watch out for these common logical fallacies.

How the News Media Make Monsters

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
The news media frequently refer to murderers in nonhuman and supernatural terms, using inflammatory words like evil, vampire, and monster.

Games Master Manipulators Play: Exploiting Your Strengths

You might expect master manipulators to exploit your weaknesses. To conceal their motives, they may need to exploit your strengths instead.

Nine Biggest Negotiation Mysteries Solved

The nine most popular questions about how to negotiate—and the answers.

In Mediation, Is Empathy Enough or Even Necessary?

By Mark B. Baer, Esq. on June 14, 2017 in Empathy and Relationships
Proper mediation involves learned skills, some of which require an understanding of complex concepts.

Seeking Common Ground 3: Reasserting the American Commitment

The challenge—for both blue and red—is to abandon the noisy rhetoric and to consider, earnestly, how personal and public good can be integrated.
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Inside the Mind of U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May

The key psychology over the timing of elections is that they reveal information about how well incumbents expect to perform in the future.