Appeal to emotion

Appeal to emotion

Appeal to emotion is a fallacy which uses the manipulation of the recipient's emotions, rather than valid logic, to win an argument. This kind of appeal to emotion is a type of red herring and encompasses several logical fallacies, including:
* Appeal to consequences
* Appeal to fear
* Appeal to flattery
* Appeal to pity
* Appeal to ridicule
* Appeal to spite
* Wishful thinking

Related fallacies

Other types of fallacies may also overlap with or constitute an appeal to emotion, including:

* Ad hominem attacks
* Guilt by association
* Misleading vividness
* Slippery slope
* Two wrongs make a right (if arguing for revenge)
* Straw man


* "For the children"
* "Support our troops"

See also

* Truthiness

External links

* [ Appeals to emotion index]
* [ Fallacy Files: Emotional appeal]
* [ Nizkor: Appeal to emotion]
* [ Emotion Theory in Advertising]

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