Friday, January 06, 2012

Persuasion and Conviction

Stuart K. Hayashi

A guy once told me, "There's a definitional difference between 'convincing' someone and 'persuading' him. To persuade someone is to influence him into taking some action he otherwise would not have taken. By contrast, to convince someone is to simply influence him into holding a certain belief in his head that he otherwise would not have held; convincing someone is not related to eliciting a certain action from him."

To this, I replied, "You have persuaded me that you are correct! I have been convinced, from this point forward, to remember that distinction."