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What Do You Tell Someone Who Still Won't Stay Home?

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The virus outbreak is a story often told in numbers: confirmed cases, fatality rates, and so on.
You'll probably be more successful persuading someone if you leave out the statistics and instead use an anecdotal approach that resonates with the person.

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What Do You Tell Someone Who Still Won't Stay Home?

What Do You Tell Someone Who Still Won't Stay Home?

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2020/03/convince-family-take-coronavirus-seriously/608356/

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Gently remind people

In many cases, when people behave in a way that hurts the common good, whether continuing to meet up with friends or panic buying, they're focusing on the risks they personally face.

If you're making an appeal, frame your comments so they can relate to it. For instance, 'You'd be helping people like Grandma.'

Tell stories

The virus outbreak is a story often told in numbers: confirmed cases, fatality rates, and so on.
You'll probably be more successful persuading someone if you leave out the statistics and instead use an anecdotal approach that resonates with the person.

"Don't" statements

Statements like 'don't hoard,' 'don't panic' can have the wrong effect.

Instead, give the people you are talking to another option. "Why don't you deliver groceries to your neighbors who are unable to leave their homes?"

Be empathic, nonjudgmental, noncritical, and affectionate in tone.

Changing opinions

  • Don't try to change people's worldview. People have underlying values and belief systems that are very difficult to change.
  • Consider your relations with the listener. Be sensitive to how any information you share with someone may affect your history of interacting with that person.
  • Share articles selectively. Only share that which you find particularly clarifying.

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