During the 2008 presidential election, both campaigns sought to detect, decipher, and defuse a host of derogatory rumors. After Hurricane Katrina, rumors swirled about stranded residents shooting rescue workers. Tipping off the economic crisis, costly rumors crippled financial institutions as they flew through the stock market. Psychologist Nicholas DiFonzo has studied hearsay for more than fifteen years, and in this book he shows how the process that gave rise to these troubling rumors is fundamentally the same as a tÃªte-Ã -tÃªte around the company watercooler. With The Watercooler Effect, you'll learn: how businesses or campaigns can control destructive rumors; how to sort fact from fiction; why a "no comment" response can be more detrimental than helpful; how an organization can increase trust from within; why rumors can actually become more truthful the more they spread. DiFonzo argues that rumors stem from our deeply rooted motivation to make sense of the world and are a window into both individual and group psychology. Using fascinating case studies and surprising research findings, The Watercooler Effect gives you the tools to find the truth behind the rumor.
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