Pullman’s Introduction IW

After reading the “Introduction” to George Pullman’s Persuasion,  one section I found particularly interesting was the “Self Awareness” section. Pullman highlights the significance of the rhetorical processes in establishing personal beliefs. I found this to be the most interesting point because I have often found myself believing in things strongly, but not understanding how I got there. In return, when I have tried to argue or persuade these said beliefs to someone else, I can never seem to fully convey why I believe it and why he or she should too. This leads me to feel irrational and, like Pullman states, less “credible.” Similarly, when I can trace the rhetorical processes of my beliefs, I find I am a much stronger persuader and more confident in my beliefs. Additionally, in today’s times with the current onslaught of political messages and media in everyday life, self-awareness becomes even more vital. In a controversially charged society, the importance of self-awareness does not end at one’s own awareness of his or her beliefs but the awareness of persuasion all around. Not everyone who spreads their beliefs understands their rhetorical process. This is especially concerning with those in professional or higher positions who can persuade or argue their beliefs to others daily. That is something that is difficult about persuasion that Pullman also touches on. Persuasion influences everyone and everyone has their own beliefs. It’s something that is impossible to escape which makes awareness of one’s self and awareness of others all the more important.

One Reply to “Pullman’s Introduction IW”

  1. What if you think you’re a good person, you feel strongly about something, but you’re not sure why you feel that way. Can you lean on your ethos to make your case? How does self-awareness change the way you interact with people when in the moment of strong-feelings?

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