Category Archives: Humor
“Familiarity breeds contempt – and children”
Mark Twain, Notebooks (1935)
An interesting research study that further investigates the idea of familiarity vs ambiquity with relation to relationships between people. The research study is found here: Click here.
The present research shows that although people believe that learning more about others leads to greater liking, more information about others leads, on average, to less liking. Thus, ambiguity—lacking information about another—leads to liking, whereas familiarity—acquiring more information— can breed contempt. This “less is more” effect is due to the cascading nature of dissimilarity: Once evidence of dissimilarity is encountered, subsequent information is more likely to be interpreted as further evidence of dissimilarity, leading to decreased liking. The authors document the negative relationship between knowledge and liking in laboratory studies and with pre-and postdate data from online daters, while showing the mediating role of dissimilarity.
Norton, M.L., Frost, J.H., & Ariely, D. (2007). Less is more: The lure of ambiguity, or why familiarity breeds contempt. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92(1), 97-105.
I narrated to him,
how I had found a green caterpillar
living on the outside of my windowsill,
it had fifty legs on each side of his body,
and it was very long
like my fingers,
He was laughing
and I was lying more
I saw an old man with a very handsome face
in the supermarket buying food
which he would not be able to eat,
because all his teeth were gone,
there was only two or three
but very yellow like an egg yolk,
then he knew I had lied too much,
so I asked him how he was doing
he said, I should know
because I make him so – and – so
I told him I did not write a lot
just some thoughts in my head
and they did not want to come out yet.
You can read the interview of my friend, Guy ‘Dhyan’ Traiber on LiteraryMary!
We talk about culture, countries, writing, and ourselves!
Dhyan writes on his blog: http://utopianfragments.wordpress.com