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Mistake #4: You Agree to Disagree
Nothing has gone right, so what are the chances you'll bring a colleague around to your point? Zilch. Nada. Forget it. But maybe you should have that conversation. People who were upset could be more persuasive—even when arguing an unpopular position—than when they had sunnier dispositions, likely because they relied on using more concrete evidence to build their argument. So says 2007 research in the Journal of Experimental and Social Psychology. Now's the time to get your point across in a tough situation. Tell your husband why you should head for a beach vacation over visiting your in-laws this summer or express to your boss a change that needs to be made in your department.