Topic: Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
7) What is persuasion? What role does it play in public life? Discuss.(250 words)
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Why this question:
The question is based on the theme of persuasion.
Key demand of the question:
Explain in detail the virtue of persuasion and the role it plays in public life.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Define what is persuasion.
Persuasion is an umbrella term of influence. Persuasion can attempt to influence a person’s beliefs, attitudes, intentions, motivations, or behaviors.
Explain the various associated theories of persuasion. Explain how these can be applied to different situations differently.
Explain using a case study/example how persuasion can be put to use in public life, what importance does it hold.
Conclude by reasserting its significance.