Exploiting the backfire effect
Any historical examples of someone using deliberately using the backfire effect against an opponent (people do this to their allies all of the time) for military or political gain? It seems such an entrenched human reaction that it's basically an 'I Win!' button if you want your opponent to hold onto erroneous or harmful views and beliefs when they would otherwise be at risk for abandoning or moderating them on their own. The closest I can think of is the American Civil Rights movement, but not even I am cynical enough to think that the leaders intentionally wanted bombings and murders. Dr. Swordopolis (talk) 02:57, 28 June 2012 (UTC)
 "Bre'r-Rabbit Style"
I'm not sure that illustrating Dr. King's use of this effect with an illusion to Joel Chandler Harris is the best idea. As much as I do enjoy the Bre'r Rabbit stories, it's hard to deny that they do have strong racial overtones.— Unsigned, by: Aristos achaion / talk / contribs