Some thoughts on being an advocate… …It’s OK to stop to listen: Minimizing the “Backfire effect”

Here’s something a little different than our typical posts which we hope you’ll find of interest. For example this will be the only mention of medical cannabis.

Below is a link to a (brilliant) comic about the “backfire effect.” It’s a phenomenon we’ll guess nearly all of you have experienced, even if you didn’t know the name until now.

The effect comes up between people who disagree about a topic – say, for example, our favorite, but societally contentious subject – even when everyone involved is being polite, making an effort to listen, sticking to the facts as they honestly see them, etc.

Recognizing and knowing how to manage the effect (to the extent it can be overcome) can be very useful for anyone with strong feelings about issues. So we’ll only add this description and then let the comic speak for itself:

“…you can never win an argument online. When you start to pull out facts and figures, hyperlinks and quotes, you are actually making the opponent feel as though they are even more sure of their position than before you started the debate.

As they match your fervor, the same thing happens in your skull. The backfire effect pushes both of you deeper into your original beliefs.”

~You Are Not So Smart – The Backfire Effect

Happy listening from TRUCE….!! ?

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See full article – You’re not going to believe what I’m about to tell you – The Oatmeal