Many of the authors present their research for the first time. Four faces of resistance are identified: reactance, distrust, scrutiny, and inertia. The concluding chapter summarizes the book's theoretical contributions and establishes a resistance-based research agenda for persuasion and attitude change. This new book helps to establish resistance as a legitimate sub-field of persuasion that is equal in force to influence.
Resistance and Persuasion offers many new revelations about persuasion:
*Acknowledging resistance helps to reduce it.
*Raising reactance makes a strong message more persuasive.
*Putting arguments into a narrative increases their influence.
*Identifying illegitimate sources of information strengthens the influence of legitimate sources.
*Looking ahead reduces resistance to persuasive attempts.