Scare Tactics

Here is an example of scare tactics: Linda received a phone call from a stranger, asking her if she knew how prepared her local emergency response units were to handle a terrorist attack. He described the aftermath of a bombing, with all of its destruction and bloodshed, and told her that her local medical community, firefighters, and law enforcement were not ready to respond adequately. He further described the chaos that would ensue because of this inadequate response. Then, he asked for a donation to a national organization that purports to provide funding for local emergency response units.

Linda was frightened by the information in the phone call, and gave the caller her credit card number, authorizing him to charge a $50 donation to the organization he represented. The caller persuaded her to give money to a group she never heard of, and which might actually not exist, because he successfully used scare tactics.

Friendly Persuasion

Friendly Persuasion

To do this successfully you need to build a clear path of action by using tools if necessary. These tools would be facts, evidence and stories which you know they can relate to. Plus you always want to have their best interests at heart, in other words, you know what is good for them

Get My Free Ebook


  • selassie
    What is scare tactics in critical thinking?
    1 year ago
  • charlie
    What is scare tatics in critical thinking?
    2 months ago

Post a comment