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Persuasion and influence are both concepts related to changing or shaping the behavior, beliefs, or opinions of others, but they differ in their approaches and underlying principles Compare and contrast.

Topic: social influence and persuasion.  

7. Persuasion and influence are both concepts related to changing or shaping the behavior, beliefs, or opinions of others, but they differ in their approaches and underlying principles Compare and contrast.

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part of ‘Conceptual Tuesdays’ in Mission-2024 Secure.

Key Demand of the question:

A straightforward question to distinguish between persuasion and influence.

Directive word: 

Compare and contrast – provide for a detailed comparison of the two types, their features that are similar as well as different. One must provide for detailed assessment of the two.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Start by clearly defining Persuasion and Influence In your own words.

Body:

Through suitable illustrations, highlight the contrasting approaches of a Persuasion and Influence. Use examples to clearly outline the difference between the two.

Next, bring out the relative effect of force and persuasion. Write as to the various emotions associated with force and persuasion. Use examples to substantiate your argument.

Conclusion:

Mention how Persuasion is a stronger tool as opposed to Influence.