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Vanessa Bohns on the Powerful Psychology Behind Our Daily Choices

In this eye-opening episode of the Passion Struck podcast, host John R. Miles sits down with Dr. Vanessa Bohns, a renowned social psychologist and professor of organizational behavior at Cornell University’s ILR School. Together, they delve into the often-overlooked psychological aspects of choices and the consent behind them, examining how our words, actions, and presence impact others in ways we may not even realize. Vanessa brings to the table her extensive knowledge and insights from her insightful book, “You Have More Influence Than You Think.”

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“Influence doesn’t always work the way we think it does; it often happens in someone’s head where we don’t have access.”

Vanessa Bohns

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The Psychological Dimensions of Consent: Insights from Dr. Vanessa Bohns

Consent plays a crucial role in our lives, affecting areas such as sexual assault, personal privacy, medical procedures, and data usage. However, the psychological dimensions of consent are often overlooked. Host John R. Miles welcomes Dr. Vanessa Bohns, an expert in the field, to shed light on the power dynamics of consent and influence.

Drawing from her book, “You Have More Influence Than You Think,” and her original research, Dr. Bohns explains why we often underestimate our impact on others. Through compelling stories and cutting-edge science, she answers critical questions about how others take our words to heart, their ability to resist our suggestions, and the likelihood that they will offer help when asked.

This episode offers a holistic view of consent as not just a legal concept but also a moral and psychological one. It provides valuable insights and strategies for understanding and harnessing our influence to foster positive experiences and relationships.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The multifaceted role of consent in personal relationships, privacy, medical procedures, and data usage.
  • Dr. Vanessa Bohns’ expertise in understanding the psychological dimensions of consent and influence.
  • Valuable insights from her book, “You Have More Influence Than You Think,” and her original research.
  • Practical strategies for recognizing and harnessing your influence to create positive experiences and relationships.

Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of consent and influence and discover actionable strategies to enhance your interpersonal interactions.

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Navigating the Dichotomy of Informed Consent: Perspectives from Dr. Vanessa Bohns

Dr. Vanessa Bohns, an accomplished authority in human behavior, invites us to explore the intricate landscape of influence through the lens of her 2021 book, “You Have More Influence Than You Think.” When we think of informed consent, we often consider it a straightforward process where individuals are provided with all the necessary information to make an educated decision. However, the reality is often more complex than the ideal.

The Perception of Informed Consent

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Informed consent is perceived as a clear and concise process where individuals are given comprehensive information about a procedure, treatment, or situation and then make a voluntary decision based on that information. This process is vital in various fields, including medical practices, research studies, and legal agreements. The perception is that once informed consent is obtained, the individual fully understands the implications of their decision and has exercised their autonomy in making that decision.

The Experience of Informed Consent

However, Dr. Vanessa Bohns points out that the experience of informed consent can often differ from its perception. She argues that social and psychological factors can significantly influence an individual’s decision-making process. For instance, the power dynamics between a doctor and patient, researcher and participant, or any two parties involved in the consent process can affect how information is received and processed. Dr. Bohns highlights that individuals often underestimate the impact of social pressures and the desire to comply with authority figures, which can lead to decisions that may not be entirely voluntary.

The Role of Influence

In her book, “You Have More Influence Than You Think,” Dr. Bohns delves deeper into the intricacies of social influence and its impact on decision-making. She emphasizes that our words, actions, and presence can significantly affect others, often without us realizing it. This influence plays a crucial role in the consent process, as it can shape an individual’s perception of the information provided and their subsequent decision. Dr. Bohns encourages individuals to be more aware of the power dynamics at play and to recognize the importance of autonomy in the consent process.

While the concept of informed consent is fundamental in upholding individual autonomy, the reality is that social and psychological factors can significantly impact the decision-making process. Dr. Vanessa Bohns’ perspectives shed light on the importance of understanding these factors and recognizing the role of influence in informed consent. By doing so, we can ensure that individuals genuinely make informed and voluntary decisions, upholding the true essence of informed consent.

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About Today’s Guest, Vanessa Bohns

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Dr. Vanessa Bohns is a distinguished figure in the realm of social psychology, with a remarkable career dedicated to understanding the intricacies of human interactions. Her groundbreaking book, “You Have More Influence Than You Think,” serves as a cornerstone in reshaping our perception of social influence, shedding new light on the profound impact our words and actions hold in the tapestry of human connections.

Beyond the academic sphere, Dr. Bohns’ work carries a powerful message that transcends boundaries, delving into the profound implications of consent and power dynamics. Her invaluable insights inspire profound introspection, fostering empathy and authenticity in our interpersonal relationships.

As a thought leader in social psychology, Dr. Bohns champions a paradigm shift that has a lasting impact on our understanding of the social world.

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