I am presently taking some courses, furthering my life and education in personal growth.
There is one lesson that keeps coming around, and it is getting louder to me, that is the profound importance of understanding the difference between a fact and someone’s opinion or belief.
The upcoming election is an excellent example of the difference between facts, opinions, and the power of persuasion.
A few years ago, I took an in-depth course on the power of persuasion and how it works. It was a very uncomfortable eye-opener, yet it was an experience I needed to help me stop getting caught up in lies and manipulation.
Let me give you an example of persuasion. When anyone keeps telling the same story over and over, especially when it is not true and has been proven not to be accurate, that is a form of brainwashing, and it is highly effective.
Another form of persuasion is making something that is harmful sound like it is good—playing on the emotions-feelings of others.
The goal is to capture the emotions and control the mind (thoughts), which controls the actions of others. Once the storyteller owns/controls the feelings and or the mind of the listener, the listener will blindly follower the storyteller disregarding any hard facts.
Intelligence and or reasoning get dismantled. To put it, in other words, the results are people will end up believing a lie over truth!
There are many ways persuasion can be used, and all forms are subject to the intent of the user.