Monthly Archives: June 2011

28 06, 2011

What Do the End of the Worlders, Austin Powers and Mediation Have to Do With Each Other?

By |2011-06-28T10:13:10-07:00June 28th, 2011|mediation, Pyschological Research and negotiations|Comments Off on What Do the End of the Worlders, Austin Powers and Mediation Have to Do With Each Other?

Recently, I was at a soccer tournament recently and a goal keeper saved a goal. At the same time, one of the parents jokingly stated that the Goalkeeper had saved the world. How, I asked. The parent then reminded me that a religious organization had recently professed that the world was going to end on that exact date and time. At that same time, the Goal keeper had saved the goal, and as a result saved the soccer team from total destruction. The next day, the religious organization claimed that they had miscalculated and that the new date was really the end of the world. That world saving goal keeper got me thinking about why people are convinced about their positions and why they don't change their mind even in the face of overwhelming evidence. That process brought me to the the concept of the Backfire Effect.