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John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

April, 2017

  • 2 April

    Compliments Are the First Step toward Changing Minds

    In an article for Harvard Business Review, Christopher Graves explains how paying someone a compliment can be a crucial first step in trying to change that person’s mind on something. The reason why is that people’s beliefs typically reflect back on their own self-identity, and challenging their beliefs thus feels like an attack on their sense of self. But paying a compliment before challenging a belief can affirm the other party’s sense of self, making ...

  • 2 April

    Can You Change Someone’s Mind over Social Media?

    To generalize, the answer to the above question is—heck no. Go get a better hobby; arguing over the Internet is fruitless. But if you are the craziest level of optimist and want to try anyway, Joanne O’Connell shares some tips for the Guardian. She presents a four-step strategy: Position: Start by acknowledging common ground between the two of you before you jump into your counterargument. If the person responds by shifting to a “different pillar ...

  • 2 April

    SPICE: The Con Man Approach to Changing Minds

    In an article for Psychology Today, Dr. Susan K. Perry shares a mildly manipulative approach used to change people’s minds. It is up to you to use this knowledge either to protect yourself or to make wicked gains. It is the “SPICE” method: Simplicity: The more concise you can make your argument, the more effective it will be. Perceived self-interest: Talk about why changing one’s mind will create a positive life benefit for that person. ...

  • 2 April

    Explanatory Coherence: The Long Game in Changing Perspective

    Realistically, changing someone’s mind on a big issue in one fell swoop happens only extremely rarely. In an article for Fast Company, Art Markman describes how an aggressive long-term campaign is your best shot at changing a person’s perspective. It has to do with “explanatory coherence,” the idea that “strongly held beliefs form a network of consistent concepts.” Thus, if you want to change someone’s mind on one subject, you are not just trying to ...

  • 2 April

    Science & Reddit Teach You How to Change Minds

    In an article for the Washington Post, Ana Swanson reports on Cornell University research that uses the r/ChangeMyView sub-Reddit to unlock some science behind how minds are changed. ChangeMyView is a forum in which posters present an elaborate viewpoint and invite others to challenge that view. In the rare case that someone does actually change someone else’s mind, that person is given a delta symbol (being the Greek letter used to express change in math). ...

  • 2 April

    4 Tips to Change Someone’s Mind

    Jake has decided on solution A for the project, but you know in your bones that solution B is the way to go. Now what? In an article for Inc., Geoffrey James offers four simple tips that may be applied quickly: Sympathize with Jake’s position, agreeing with as much of his perspective as you possibly can. Reframe the problem in such a way that your two perspectives stop directly conflicting. Introduce a new solution to ...

March, 2017

  • 31 March

    Talk of imminent threat…

    Talk of imminent threat to our national security through the application of external force is pure nonsense. Our threat is from the insidious forces working from within which have already so drastically altered the character of our free institutions—those institutions we proudly called the American way of life. -Douglas MacArthur, American five-star general

  • 29 March

    There is a great deal of talk…

    There is a great deal of talk about loyalty from the bottom to the top. Loyalty from the top down is even more necessary and much less prevalent. -George S. Patton, senior officer of the United States Army

  • 27 March

    The final test of a leader…

    The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on. -Walter Lippmann, American writer, reporter, and political commentator

  • 24 March

    Man can do what he wills…

    Man can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills. -Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher