July 7


Beware: A Good Story Make Us Vulnerable to Persuasion

By Peter Julian

Tensions across the world are at an all-time high, which leaves our emotions susceptible to stories, rather than facts. Storytelling is ingrained in human nature, but it’s the new media for stories that’s twisting their morals. Since technology has allowed readers to obtain stories from infinite resources, more and more theories are popping up. This has a detrimental impact as our beliefs can be triggered to fit a false narrative while our emotions shape a false reality. It’s always important to separate yourself from what you read online.

Key Takeaways:

  • A story doesn’t have to be fully-developed because our brains will fill in the details.
  • Consumer-driven technology has elevated regular people into roles as experts based on their ability to tell good stories.
  • Our brains don’t consciously choose to engage with stories, which makes us susceptible to manipulation.

“This is a time when we are all vulnerable to embracing stories based on our emotions and fears–stories that confirm our beliefs and rationalize our behavior.”

Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/positively-media/202006/beware-good-story-make-us-vulnerable-persuasion

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