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Thank you for the thread.Laura said:Persuasion: The Third-Person Effect
The third-person effect is unusual because it goes against the general finding that we overestimate other people's similarity to ourselves.
This is what psychologists call the false consensus effect: we tend to assume that others hold more similar opinions and have more similar attributes and personalities to ourselves than they really do.
The third-person effect, though, goes in the other direction. When it comes to influence, instead of thinking other people are similar to us, we think they're different. There are two facets of human nature that support this exception:
* Illusion of invulnerability. People prefer to believe that they are, on average, less vulnerable than others to negative influences, like unwanted persuasion attempts. We all want to protect our sense of control over our lives. One way we do that is to assume that ads only work on other people.
* Poor self-knowledge. Although it's an unpalatable idea, we often don't know what's really going on in our own minds. Not only does this make scientific psychology a tricky enterprise, it also means that many of our intuitions about the way our own minds work are scrambled and subject to biases like the illusion of invulnerability. The effect of persuasive messages is a good example of this.
This explains why it is difficult to explain people of evil effects of "evil foods, media control on individuals or dangers of govt. control or 911 truth". To day one of my team member mentioned about the surveillance software on android phones and he even feels that is good saying govt. does knows what we want. Any suggestion of dangers didn't go any where.
I observed this behavior in my self. I recently took android phone despite knowing dangers of like this, obviously I impressed by the applications and self justified it ( doesn't mean that I dont have other means ). I decided to return it. Similar thing I observed , I keep why people are selfish and I didn't realise how selfish I behave when I put under similar circumstances.
Yes, Buffers, Lying , self image illusions, Illusion of invulnerability or Poor self knowledge could be the causes. there may be Lot more reasons to this. No doubt, perception management goes in different flavors to hook people to specific direction, still Lot more reasons has to be there for this phenomenon. probably some biological reasons too.