The research and manuscript preparation were supported by grant number N N 106 327339 from the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. My warm thanks are extended to Sabine Sonnentag, the Action Editor of the journal, and two anonymous reviewers for their insightful comments on the earlier version of this paper.
The Nature of the First Small Request as a Decisive Factor in the Effectiveness of the Foot-in-the-Door Technique
Article first published online: 23 NOV 2011
© 2011 The Author. Applied Psychology: An International Review © 2011 International Association of Applied Psychology
Volume 61, Issue 3, pages 437–453, July 2012
How to Cite
Dolinski, D. (2012), The Nature of the First Small Request as a Decisive Factor in the Effectiveness of the Foot-in-the-Door Technique. Applied Psychology:An International Review, 61: 437–453. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-0597.2011.00477.x
- Issue published online: 2 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 23 NOV 2011
In the literature on the foot-in-the-door technique it is usually assumed that the first of the two sequentially posed requests should not be extremely easy (trivial). An uncomplicated request would not activate self-perception mechanisms which, as it is commonly understood, lie behind the effectiveness of the technique. This article proposes that when the initial request is exceptional or odd, then even if it is easy and is fulfilled by nearly everyone it will still enhance people's inclination to fulfill the subsequent, much more complicated request. This assumption was verified in three experiments.