The beauty of this method for changing minds is that it lets you sit back and guide your target audience through their own thought process. As we previously mentioned, you cannot talk someone out of their reality or into a new one. We can, however, provide environments where someone encounters a new situation that offers an opportunity for them to experience a different reality, therefore shifting theirs. Today’s strategy is based on numerous experiments which asked students to write an essay that disagrees with their personal beliefs. The results of these studies show that after writing the essays, the students were more favorable to the position they supported in the essay than they previously were.
So, let’s translate these results into something we can use in our daily life. Finding a way to get your audience to play devil’s advocate to themselves is the key goal. They need to reason through the information in their own brain, no one can do it for them. You may need to employ some creativity getting them to the point where this can happen, but we have a few suggestions to get you started. Continue reading
We have all been there, desperately trying to convince the dummy next to us that they have things figured out incorrectly. We lay out our facts and tell them why their rationale does not add up. We do or see this everyday, whether it is on the internet, at the coffee shop, at the family dinner table or on the news. It is really frustrating and both sides leave thinking the other is an idiot for not being able to see things the way they really are. There are two big reasons that verbal persuasion often fails to change hearts and minds, no matter how overwhelming the material presented may be. They are also two scientifically based phenomena that every speaker, politician, or organization should consider before they strategize their message delivery.
(noun) self-production or self-making. Refers to life’s fundamental process for creating and renewing itself for growth and change. Used in chemistry, systems, and sociology.
- June found comfort in knowing the United States history of autopoiesis and held strong to her faith that her country would make it through this troubled time.
- Mixing ingredients in the chemistry lab, June found some reactions that went through autopoiesis in amazing fashion.
P.S. A couple of these show autopoiesis, and they’re all pretty fun: https://youtu.be/0Bt6RPP2ANI
“Take your broken heart and turn it into art” was Meryl Streeps call to action for her fellow artists, and that message has proven to be prophetic for the musical community. As artist after artist sings their reactions to and interpretations of the election, we are inspired to rise above the pain and create something beautiful ourselves. Below are seven songs created or adapted as a response to this year’s election that are sure to make you feel all the feelings. Continue reading
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms- to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances. When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning (1959)
Karen Horney was a pioneer in psychoanalysis, challenging the widely accepted Freudian theories and creating her own which emphasized cultural influence and potential for growth through self-reflection and self-understanding. Her fascinating life was the backbone for her research, and her courageous voice still resonates in leadership practices and analysis today.
In brief, Horney set the stage for a mindset that validates self-understanding, self-growth, and cultural and social effects on people’s behavior. She also provides a framework for self-evaluation. She believes in a real self that we can move toward, away from, or against when we are faced with anxiety. She also supports the idea that neuroses are a result of that movement and are a part of every interaction we have with the world and the people in it. That idea was a foundation for leadership development, showing that self-awareness and self-growth are important forces in leadership and management environments. And she did all this in the late 19th and early 20th century while battling her own depression, making her a pretty dang strong woman.
(noun) Appearing to be true, but not necessarily so. Pretended.
- The ostensible reason June offered to cook dinner was to stay in and relax, but really she was anxious to show off her culinary skills.
- While many accepted desire for American prosperity as his ostensible motivation for seeking presidency, June exposed tax records that showed he was much more interested in personal financial gain.
Jurisprudence (joo ris prood ns)
(noun) philosophy of law, system of law, science of law.
- The senate considered June’s jurisprudence carefully before they confirmed her appointment to the Supreme Court.
- June could not understand the president’s stance, as it followed no precedent in America’s last eighty years of jurisprudence.
The more we stand with these women who take personal risks to have their voices heard, the more we make their sacrifice worthwhile. These women offer us inspiration with their strength and bravery.
Bangalore, India Women are speaking out en masse after a massive New Years Eve assault on women in one city center celebration. A group of around 300 men surrounded women and took liberties groping them. Police stood by idly as the women screamed for help. Political response has been essentially saying that these women were asking for it by going out and dressing up. Other men insulted by the feminist backlash responded with the ever insulting #NotAllMen social media tag. Continue reading