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The power of "because"

 
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brian-hansen
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:15 am    Post subject: The power of "because" Reply with quote

A lecture on Psychology I saw recently described an experiment which
demonstrated the power of "because".

An experimenter would ask for a cut in line for the use of a photocopier.
If they said it was because they said they were in a hurry, then the
subject allowed them to cut 93% of the time. If they didn't give a reason,
the percent was much lower. When a "nonsensical" reason was given
"because I need to make some copies", the percent was 93% again.


If you're asking a favor, be sure to give a reason, seemingly however
nonsensical it may be.

Be sure to say "because"!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I was going to work, in no particular hurry. As I turned the corner, there was a long line in the left lane. Reason: the right was closed but all the way at the end of the block.

Now for those of you in East Coast cities, you may not know that Pacific Northwesterners are overly polite people and will line up way before the empty lane goes away.

I felt a bit bad this morning, and wanted to see what would happen, so I drove all the way to the very end of the right lane, and then forced my way into left lane.

No horn honks or cusses.

Which makes me think, if a person is being overly polite, is it rude to not be as polite? So, if someone really does have to use a copier right away, and you live in a society where it's assumed that if they didn't have a reason to cut in line they wouldn't do it, but if they had a reason, they could. Wouldn't that be the ultimate in implied politeness!?
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