Influence: Science and Practice / Edition 5

Influence: Science and Practice / Edition 5

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by Robert B. Cialdini
     
 

Influence: Science and Practice is an examination of the psychology of compliance (i.e. uncovering which factors cause a person to say “yes” to another's request).

Written in a narrative style combined with scholarly research, Cialdini combines evidence from experimental work with the techniques and strategies he

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Overview

Influence: Science and Practice is an examination of the psychology of compliance (i.e. uncovering which factors cause a person to say “yes” to another's request).

Written in a narrative style combined with scholarly research, Cialdini combines evidence from experimental work with the techniques and strategies he gathered while working as a salesperson, fundraiser, advertiser, and in other positions inside organizations that commonly use compliance tactics to get us to say “yes.” Widely used in classes, as well as sold to people operating successfully in the business world, the eagerly awaited revision of Influence reminds the reader of the power of persuasion.

Cialdini organizes compliance techniques into six categories based on psychological principles that direct human behavior: reciprocation, consistency, social proof, liking, authority, and scarcity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205609994
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
08/15/2008
Series:
Alternative eText Formats Series
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
44,675
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
1280L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Robert B. Cialdini is Regents’ Professor of Psychology and Marketing at Arizona State University, where he has also been named W. P. Carey Distinguished Professor of Marketing. He has taught at Stanford University and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He has been elected president of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award of the Society for Consumer Psychology, the Donald T. Campbell Award for Distinguished Contributions to Social Psychology, and the (inaugural) Peitho Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Science of Social Influence.

Dr. Cialdini attributes his interest in social influences to the fact that he was raised in an entirely Italian family, in a predominantly Polish neighborhood, in a historically German city (Milwaukee), in an otherwise rural state.

Table of Contents

All chapters conclude with “Summary” and “Study Questions.”

Preface.
Introduction.

1.Weapons of Influence.

Click, Whirr.

Betting the Shortcut Odd.

The Profiteers.

Jujitsu.

Reader's Report.

2.Reciprocation: The Old Give and Take … and Take.

How the Rule Works.

Reciprocal Concessions.

Rejection-Then-Retreat.

Defense.

Reader's Report.

3.Commitment and Consistency: Hobgoblins of the Mind.

Whirring Along.

Commitment Is the Key.

Defense.

Reader's Report.

4.Social Proof: Truths Are Us.

The Principle of Social Proof.

Cause of Death: Uncertain(ty).

Monkey Me, Monkey Do.

Defense.

Reader's Report.

5.Liking: The Friendly Thief.

Making Friends to Influence People.

Why Do I Like You? Let Me List the Reasons.

Conditioning and Association.

Defense.

Reader's Report.

6.Authority: Directed Deference.

The Power of Authority Pressure.

The Allures and Dangers of Blind Obedience.

Connotation Not Content.

Defense.

Reader's Report.

7.Scarcity: The Rule of the Few.

Less Is Best and Loss Is Worst.

Psychological Reactance.

Optimal Conditions.

Defense.

Reader's Report.

8.Instant Influence: Primitive Consent for an Automatic Age.

Primitive Automaticity.

Modern Automaticity.

Shortcuts Shall Be Sacred.

References.
Credits.
Index.

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