JERRY SEINFELD AND THE COKE MACHINE. Jerry Seinfeld said that breaking up is like knocking over a Coke machine. You don't do it with one big push. You keep rocking the thing a little at a time until it eventually goes down.
Same with persuasion.
This is part of what I'm getting at when I say persuasion is not about reason or emotion alone. It's about how you think about yourself and each other. Persuasion occurs in the context of a relationship.