How Does Reflective Thinking Affect Persuasion?

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Reflective thinking and writing has impact on persuasion and decisions we choose to make daily. To have a strong argument or make a reasonable decision is based on what we already know or what we are willing to find out before jumping to conclusion. Persuasion is used to support an argument and reason. To support an argument there needs to be knowledge and research, and analyzation. Persuasion has taken a turn over time, possibly for the better because in situations now we can defend our opinion or side of an argument. Persuasion can also affect personal decisions through analyzing and asking questions. It has many factors that allows one to make hard decisions or choose a side.

The more background information we have, helps secure our side
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For example, in class we were told the story of Orestes getting justice. His father Agamemnon had to make a human sacrifice, so, he sacrificed his daughter Iphigenia. When his wife Clytemnestra found out she killed him and his lover. When Orestes found out what his mother had done, he killed Clytemnestra and her lover. Orestes was put through a trial where they would decide his fate. This was dealt with differently than how his father was dealt with. His dads fate was based on violence because he killed his child. Orestes justice was based on reasoning. If he had a strong reasoning on why he killed his mother, then he most likely would be let free. Greek Goddess Athena put together 12 jurors together to determine his fate. 6 believed him to be guilty and the other 6 believed him to be innocent. Athena had the casting vote where she agreed that he was innocent. This is an example that with persuasion is based on reasoning, emotion, and some sort of credibility. This situation is still used today in the court of law. Jurors vote based on evidence and arguments presented whether suspect is innocent or guilty. Aristotle had separated persuasion into 3 rhetorical appeals, ethos, logos, and pathos. He believed that " logos [is] logic and reasoning in the message; ethos [is] the character, credibility and trustworthiness of the communicator; and pathos [is] the
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