Using hypocrisy to encourage safe sex


Washington Post

What if the students placed themselves in a position where they vociferously and publicly advocated to others the utility of condoms? If Aronson could make them spokespeople for AIDS prevention, he theorized, it would be very difficult for them to then act as if condoms didn’t really do much to stop AIDS or they were not really at risk. They would feel like hypocrites.

Aronson realized he had gotten things backward: Instead of his selling condom use to students, what he really needed was for them to sell AIDS prevention to him.

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If only Jesus were a professor in social psychology - he may well have been able to turn the Pharisees and the Romans against themselves.

I have a textbook by Aronson. He's good. Social psych is what got me interested in the social sciences.

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