Originally Posted by Steve Pavlina
Crossing socially conditioned boundaries is a good way to stimulate growth. People enjoy more personal growth when their expectations are violated. When people's expectations are fully satisfied, growth cannot occur. Old patterns are simply reinforced but not changed.
When our expectations are violated, learning occurs. When we're challenged with strong statements (even those we may consider offensive), we're compelled to reconsider our own position on the subject.
My goal isn't to get people to agree with me. It's to encourage people to consciously rethink socially conditioned notions.
I've seen repeatedly that strongly worded articles stimulate more growth in people than more balanced pieces, so I continue to write such articles intentionally because I know this practice benefits more people.
Interesting but true. Tabloid newspapers also use this method, at the end of the day the ends are more important than the means.