Convince Yourself by Convincing Others
Mar01

Convince Yourself by Convincing Others

Persuasion is often more effectual than force. — Aesop If you’ve ever used social media, you have probably tried to change someone’s opinion on something–and probably done so in vain. Facebook feuds, Twitter storms, back-and-forth email exchanges, in all of these cases, it can be quite difficult to change another person’s opinion. But did you know that you were probably still influencing someone’s opinion? (and...

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Defending What’s Right
Feb25

Defending What’s Right

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. — Martin Luther King Jr. For the final part in this series for Black History month, I want to discuss one of the best ways you can honor Black Americans: by confronting racism whenever you see it. Research shows that Black men and women report experiencing about an average of one racist incident per week. Indeed, another study showed that about half of all Black college...

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Questioning Our Beliefs
Oct06

Questioning Our Beliefs

The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion draws all things else to support and agree with it. — Sir Francis Bacon If humans could answer one question to solve the world’s problems, it would be this: How do you persuade someone to believe something other than what they do? Or so begins my free course on the psychology of persuasion. But I stand by that claim: if we could convince political parties to compromise...

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Improving the Unimprovable
Jul06

Improving the Unimprovable

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.  — Nikos Kazantzakis Last week, we discussed the powerful, psychological phenomenon of fixed and growth mindsets of personal attributes. To briefly recap, let’s use extraversion as an example. If you have a fixed mindset toward this attribute, you believe that you are as extraverted as you will ever be; however, if you have a growth mindset, you believe your level of...

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Facts: What You Want Them to Be
Jan14

Facts: What You Want Them to Be

The great tragedy of science—the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact. — Thomas Huxley So the other day, I was doing some intensive graduate research on a series of tests informing me which Marvel superhero I was most like. When I completed the first quiz, it reported I was most similar to Ant-man. Clearly, that had to be mistaken. So I took another. Ant-man. And another. Ant-man. Finally, I took a test that was...

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