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Group Dynamics

Under The Influence: The Destructive Effects of Group Dynamics
"An online supplement for the book: Under The Influence: The Destructive Effects of Group Dynamics. If you want to understand how groups—religious, political, self-help, community and business—become destructive for individuals, for society and for our environment, you've come to the right place!"Comment:


Primer of Practical Persuasion and Influence
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Social Influence: The Science of Persuasion & Compliance
"This web site is devoted to influence--the modern, scientific study of persuasion and compliance. Influence is a rapidly expanding field of psychological inquiry devoted to discovering the principles that determine beliefs, create attitudes, and move people to action. In other words, the study of influence examines the processes that cause humans to change.A site devoted to the scientific study of persuasion, compliance and propaganda."

Influence, Truth & Lies

Truth Test
Think You Are Beyond the Reach of Hype & Lies?  Take this test and find out! "
By Keith Ferrell, the former editor of Omni magazine and a frequent CNET contributor.



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