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To Persuade Others, First Persuade Yourself

By first taking assessment of your areas of clarity and unclarity you can take the lay of your own land.

By taking the lay of your own land you can fearlessly assess strength and weakness.

When you know where you are strong and where you are weak, you can formulate a strategy for coming in and going over.

With a strategy of coming in and going over (advance and retreat) in hand you deviseΒ a plan of communication.

When the part of you that is clear communicates with the part of you that is unclear, can either remain unchanged?

That is how to write a persuasive essay.

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10 thoughts on “To Persuade Others, First Persuade Yourself

  1. 😎…wazzup E? How ye 🐝? Has fun & adventure been gifted to thee?

    Are you saying:

    (1) Make objective observations of the areas in which we excel [I believe for me that would be empathic communication and athletics] & areas where we are less than excellent [marketing and promotion]

    (2) Reevaluate our lives on a consistent basis.

    • I’m saying find the connection between your areas of weakness and your areas of strength — what you are proud of and what you are ashamed of. It will make you see yourself more clearly

  2. “When you know where you are strong and where you are weak, you can formulate a strategy for coming in and going over.
    With a strategy of coming in and going over (advance and retreat) in hand you devise a plan of communication.
    That is how to write a persuasive essay.”

    An essay persuasive to yourself or someone who has opposing views? Learning the psychology of persuasion seems a bit like manipulation. Is there a great difference?

  3. Depends if the one being targeted for change knows about the psychology of persuasion. If the person doesn’t realize he’s being led, then It’s manipulation. We need to guard against doing that to anyone. This is my belief right now. I’m not persuading myself about that.

    In my experience, Caring people have their own agendas and those agendas are generally beneficial to the giver. Yes, I’ve found many Caring people to be manipulative. I know two who are genuinely selfless.

  4. I think there are a few things that can be separated — and should be. Caring is not the same as being selfless — so I can care about my father and it can also be the case that it helps me if I help him. And I can be utterly lacking in a self and not care at all — I would guess a mountain is like that. Also being selfless and caring are not the same as the person being helped knowing the mechanism of how they are being helped. I can help a child psychologically without the child understanding the psychological principles underlying how I help him.

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