Participants in the experiments were more likely to experience the Backfire Effect when they sensed that the contradictory information had come from a source that was hostile to their political views. But under a lot of conditions, the mere existence of contradictory facts made people more sure of themselves — or made them claim to be more sure.
Everyone has experienced the frustration of bringing up pertinent facts, in the middle of an argument, and having those facts disregarded. Perhaps the big mistake was not arguing, but bringing up facts in the first place. –Esther Inglis-Arkell

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write an argument where the Backfire Effect intensifies the conflict.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you brought up some facts in an argument and it backfired.

Art Prompt: The Backfire Effect

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the Backfire Effect and give them some strategies for successful confilict resolution.

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