Give them time. It is a radical change in their world view. Imagine the shock to realize one day that, gasp, you have been wrong in supporting the
terrorizing wars around this globe and been taken for a ride of belief.
Remember the 5 stages of denial?
Denial — This can't be happening, the internet polls are skewed."
Denial is usually only a temporary defense for the individual.
Anger — "Why my candidate? It's not fair!"; "How can this happen to my candidate?"; '"Who is to blame?"
Once in the second stage, the individual recognizes that denial cannot continue. Because of anger, the person is very difficult to care for due to
misplaced feelings of rage and envy.
Bargaining — "I'll do anything for a few more votes, just as long as they go to my candidate."
The third stage involves the hope that the individual can somehow postpone or delay embarrassment. Psychologically, the individual is saying, "I
understand my candidate will lose, but if I could just do something to buy my dignity back..."
Depression — "I'm so sad, why bother with anything?"; "I'm going to face the facts soon so whats the point... What's the point?"; "I miss my
belief filled euphoria, why continue to care?"
During the fourth stage, the beaten person begins to understand the certainty of defeat. Because of this, the individual may become silent, refuse
visitors and spend much of the time crying and grieving.
Acceptance — "It's going to be okay."; "I can't fight it, I may as well go with it."
In this last stage, the individual begins to come to terms with her/his miss-beliefs.
Most people denying Pauls success are still at stages one through three. As i said, give them time, the time has come, and there is nothing in this
world to stop an idea whose time has come.
edit on 10-9-2011 by varikonniemi because: (no reason given)