The dark side of dialog

Justin J. Couchman, Gwenievere A. Birster, Mariana V.C. Coutinho

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We agree that the self is constructed through a collaborative dialog. But hostile interlocutors could use various cognitive techniques to hijack the dialog, resulting in beliefs, values, and even selves that are out of line with reality. The implications of this problem are dire, but we suggest that increased metacognitive awareness could help guide this process to a truthful conclusion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e41
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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