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  • One’s perception of the distribution of public opinion influences one’s willingness to express opinions.
  • The spiral of silence demonstrates why people are unwilling to express their opinions (publicly) when they are not believed to be in the majority.
  • People feel an increasing pressure to conceal their views and opinions when they believe they are in minority.
  • Individuals perceptions of the opinions of others is a critical factor in determining their willingness to express those opinions.
Definition above taken from Chantrill.net 
I believe that the Spiral of Silence is lifting somewhat and we as a whole will benefit as the world is becomes a smaller and smaller place. Lesley Fletcher
A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.
Margaret Atwood