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Don't fall in love with your argument


Sam Roggeveen


21 July 2011 14:47

One thing I have learnt over almost four years of running debates on The Interpreter is that people get very attached to their ideas. The views people hold on particular issues tend to become part of their personality and how they define themselves. That's why it is so difficult to change minds about political issues — you have to overcome an emotional attachment, not just an intellectual one.

As Dan Ariely, author of The Upside of Irrationality, says in this video, such emotional attachment may have a rational basis (we are attached to our arguments because we think they are objectively the strongest ones). But the word-selection experiment described by Ariely suggests a different conclusions: we like our ideas simply because they are ours, and we discovered them. 

(H/t Browser.)