Influence: Science and Practice

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Pearson Education, 2009 - Compliance - 260 pages
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Influence: Science and Practiceis 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.

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Practical advice backed up by research & anecdotes. - Goodreads
The research was sorely lacking. - Goodreads
Interesting and compact insight - Goodreads
Interesting, educational, but a little sad. - Goodreads
My caution is to be wary of all the advice though. - Goodreads
Easy to read, very recommended. - Goodreads

Review: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

User Review  - Nelie - Goodreads

This should be required reading for anyone trying to buy a car at a dealership or wanting to ask for a raise or in one of any number of other everyday life situations where knowing the techniques in ... Read full review

Review: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

User Review  - Ankur Pandey - Goodreads

Written in 1984 by Mr. Cialdini, you feel that you are grown up for some of the "tricks" that according to him the marketers apply. But some of them do make you wonder. Read full review

About the author (2009)

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.

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