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  •  I think the GOP has some very good psychologists (3+ / 0-)
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    Joan McCarter, LNK, Ice Blue

    It is like noise itself....

    If you play two sounds at the same time for different places in the room. you can hear them both.

    If you increase to three. probably same result..

    but what if you put 50 different sounds in the room at the same time.. you will only hear the two loudest and the rest will be like an indiscernible din...

    So.. once they get up to ten most people will hear the "biggest" three.. and that's about it..the rest just get through.

    someone mentioned the psychology of the "big lie"..

    there is an equally powerful psychology to the high-volume lies.,, kinda like spamming the system..

    •  Psychology and lies in politics (2+ / 0-)
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      Ice Blue, One Opinion

      FACT DO NOT COUNT as much as we imagine.

      This Is Your Brain on Metaphors
      "Jonathan Haidt, of the University of Virginia, has shown how viscera and emotion often drive our decisionmaking, with conscious cognition mopping up afterward, trying to come up with rationalizations for that gut decision. .. . ."

      "It goes against our nature; but the left has to start asserting its own values"

      . . . . . Common Cause, written by Tom Crompton of the environment group WWF, examines a series of fascinating recent advances in the field of psychology. It offers, I believe, a remedy to the blight that now afflicts every good cause from welfare to climate change.

      Progressives, he shows, have been suckers for a myth of human cognition he labels the enlightenment model. This holds that people make rational decisions by assessing facts. All that has to be done to persuade people is to lay out the data: they will then use it to decide which options best support their interests and desires.

      A host of psychological experiments demonstrate that it doesn't work like this. Instead of performing a rational cost-benefit analysis, we accept information that confirms our identity and values, and reject information that conflicts with them. We mould our thinking around our social identity, protecting it from serious challenge. Confronting people with inconvenient facts is likely only to harden their resistance to change.

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