Character A: Good at convincing people to do stuff. Once convinced someone to light himself on fire. Character B: Generally lacks social skills. These pals of mine are having a conversation in my car about how to deal w/ people. Character B proposes that character A give 'all-encompasing' advice on dealing w/ people. So the advice was something to the affect of, "Don't confront people with logic because it confuses and angers them. Act like you're agreeing and gently coerce them." I didn't think much of this at the time, but later myself and character b discussed the discussion. It was at this point that I began to consider that character a was giving poor advice to protect his trade secrets, so to speak. Perhaps this is wise. I more or less came to the conclusion that for the most part there isn't any real all-encompasing advice to give in this area.* A beautiful girl, for example, woun't have the same methods of dealing w/ people as a law enforcement agent. * here's the exception that seems obvious to me. To get someone to do something you have to make them want to do it. But that leaves a lot of room for interpretation, and might not be that helpful to someone like my friend character b, who is probably doomed for life because he was homeschooled and lived inside a box during important stages of his child-hood. Any thoughts?