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Techniques for Changing Minds

 

This is the main 'how to' section. Below it, in the website, are generalized principles of changing minds and the psychological details of explanations and theories. In this section we cover specific techniques by which people change minds and otherwise persuade.

Caveat

Just a note of gentle caution: the word 'technique' sometimes implies some kind of magic, with the implicit promise that 'if you do this you will get that'. There is no magic and the techniques here are things that if you do, you may get something of what you want. Technique is not a substitute for thinking, so do try to understand how things work rather than just blindly applying techniques (then blaming them when they don't work). Life is a numbers game: there are no guarantees. Life is also about practice -- the more you try, the better you will get, so if things do not work for you this time, then keep trying and keep trying different things.

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