Why are people so easy to manipulate?
Political campaigns, religions, and corporations routinely convince people to act against their own interests. Why are we not better able to recognize the true motives of those who seek to influence our behavior?
because most people don't want to lead or take initiative. they would rather go with the flow.
This won't be a popular opinion but an honest one. In general, people don't want to think for themselves. We are gifted with an amazing brain and all of the capabilities that go with it but at the end of the day, we want someone to tell us what to do and how to do it. For every one who stands up and shouts the loudest and scariest stuff, there are thousands of others who trail right behind them with no serious thought as to why.
I believe the root of the problem is laziness and a lack of selfawareness. It takes research, reflection and some quiet soul searching to really choose for ourselves and quite frankly, it's just easier and quicker to have someone else do that for us.
People want to believe in the best of others. This causes them to listen to or focus on the the things they like rather than the things they dislike.
We also see this in many personal relationships when it comes to dating. If there is a strong (attraction) any so called "red flags" often go ignored. People want to be associated with whatever is "hot" or "popular".
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