Control vs Convince
Difference between control and convince would be something obscure. The two words are not synonymous although they have a slight resemblance in terms of their association with influence. At the very core, there is a difference between the two words, convince and control, although it may not be explicit and easy to differentiate and explain. However, think like this. When your parents convince you to do something, would you do it willingly or unwillingly? When someone tries to control you, how would you feel? Would you feel it is something that interests you or bothers you? Attempting answers to above questions would help you to have some basic idea what the difference is going to be like. This article looks at what is meant by control and convince along with the differences between their meanings.
What does Control mean?
As defined by dictionaries, control (v.) means to have the required power to influence or direct people’s behavior or the course of events or to determine the behavior of supervise the running of something. To control something or someone also means to have power over someone or something. For example, in both scenarios where children are controlled by parents or where employees are controlled by the employer, the party who controls has superior power over the party who is being controlled. To control is to dominate and influence someone or something.
What does Convince mean?
According to dictionary definitions, convince (v.) is to either persuade someone to do something or to make someone to firmly believe in something despite the accuracy of it. Thus, to convince also denote the idea of influence and you can only convince people, you cannot convince things. When you convince someone, it is not done blindly, you do it in a way that the particular person ultimately believes in what you are saying. You change someone’s idea of something to convince them.
What is the difference between Control and Convince?
• To control is to have power to influence or direct people’s behavior or the course of events or to determine the behavior or supervise the running of something.
• On the other hand, convince is to either persuade someone to do something or to make someone to firmly believe in something despite the accuracy of it.
• When someone is being controlled, what they do is not what they think is the best or what they want to do. When somebody is being convinced, they think what they do is the right thing because someone firmly told them so.
• To control someone, generally, you have to be in a superior position, but to convince someone, the position you are in, superior or inferior, does not matter. What matters is how strong you make your argument.
Thereby, it is logical that to control and convince denote different meanings in terms of the change they make or not make in the person who is controlled or convinced.