How not to be fooled by 7 common, but flawed, tools of persuasion

The ability to exchange differences of opinion in a reasoned and respectful manner is vital – both to personal relationships and to the health of society. Yet these sorts of healthy dialogues sometimes seem in short supply.

There are often types of arguments put forward that sound convincing, and are certainly passionate, but actually lack credibility or internal consistency.

Being deliberate in what we think and believe means having the intellectual discipline to spot logical fallacies, and also refuse to use them ourselves.

Here are 7 flawed types of arguments to watch out for, in your own thinking or that of others.

Owning Your Time

When we think about our lives, we can tend to think of it as divided between time set aside for responsible purposes – work, study, the fulfilling of commitments – and free time.

It’s a natural mentality, and one that can be useful. It enables us to make necessary decisions about what we can and can’t schedule into our week.

However, if unchecked, it can also very subtly and easy take us into a mindset of powerlessness – one where we start to think of ourselves as the victim of our calendars.

4 Easy Ways to Read More

The difference between who you are today and who you will be in five years will be the people you spend time with and the books you read” – Charlie ‘Tremendous’ Jones

How well you incorporate reading into your life will absolutely impact the person you are becoming and the way you live out your life.

So how can we be deliberate about what, and how, we read? Especially if it doesn’t come particularly naturally? What are some easy ways to weave more reading into our lives?

Here are four that have helped me:

Top 10 Reads of 2014

(this is a post that originally appeared on an older blog, which I have transferred across to A Deliberate Life)

I set myself a little personal challenge for 2014, to read a book a week on average. I mostly just read whatever interested me, but when I discovered that I was gravitating overwhelming to books written by American men in the last 10 years, I also tried consciously to mis up my author perspectives by nationality, age of the book, gender, etc., because it’s boring and a little dangers to view the world through only one lens!