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How Do You Make Someone Do What You Want Them To?

Last week’s cartoon might make my short list of most unpopular cartoons of the year, because it mentions religion. And then it talks about dating. I did the same thing for Osama bin Laden, which I’ll share later, if anyone is interested. Really, dating fits in just about anywhere in life.

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Today’s cartoon is about making someone do something. The moral of the cartoon is, most of us are pretty bad at it.

This article in is about ways to deal with anger, but since we usually get angry with other people (!), it has some good suggestions on how to communicate effectively.

I would use the logic one, and tell him that if he doesn’t help clean up, no dessert for you. Is that clear?

Next up: what will the wife say when her husband invents the wheel?

How Do You Make Someone Do What You Want Them To?

Donna Barstow

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, . (2015). How Do You Make Someone Do What You Want Them To?. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 19, 2018, from


Last updated: 17 Apr 2015
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 17 Apr 2015
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