Forcing yourself – commitment...

Consistency can be a deadly weapon, threatening you to drive you into directions you don’t want to go. Everything you did earlier will force you to behave the same. We desire to be consistent with whom we are and what we did. Other people also expect you to be the same. They don’t expect you to be a different personality tomorrow. They want you to like apples yesterday, today and tomorrow. So there is a lot of pressure to respond and behave in line with our earlier actions and decisions (Fazio et al). A good one mostly, since consistency is highly valued as a personality trait. I imagine this fishing buddy saying: “no… I don’t feel like fishing, that only was my hobby before! Today I have a new hobby, let’s go paintballing.” That would be weird, right? It wouldn’t suit in the picture of your friend. Consistency fooling us We like to be consistent so much, that when our thoughts and beliefs are inconsistent with what we did and said before, we sometimes fool ourselves into thinking otherwise (Briñol et al). We also like to be consistent to the extend that we can be driven to actions we don’t like, simply because they are in line with what we did before, not with what we want to do (Asch). Commitment drawing us in The moment we take a stance is the moment we proclaim commitment to certain thoughts and behaviors (Brownstein). It doesn’t matter if you have thought through what you say. It even doesn’t matter if you are paid to say it, or forced. As long as it is your decision in the end. Letting people predict if they will vote, will raise the chances they actually...