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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Human Nature and Socks

It's midterm time. Enough said about that.

I've been continuing to work out, so that means I wear a lot more socks than I used to. All summer long, my sock drawer goes virtually untouched and I wonder why I own so many socks. Then, we get into fall weather and I start exercising, so I wear at least one pair per day, and I wonder why I don't have more socks. Such is the human perspective. I know this, yet every time I open the drawer, one of those two thoughts goes through my head.

It reminds me of a study that was explained in the book Blink by Malcolm Gladwell that had people come in at a time when they were likely to be hungry. They rated their hunger and then rated how much they thought they would enjoy a snack at the same time tomorrow. When they came back the next day, those sneaky researchers let them eat whatever they wanted off a snack table. Then they had them eat the snack and rate how much they enjoyed it. They seriously undervalued the snack when they were full compared to the rates they predicted the day before. Really, it's amazing how much our present condition clouds our perspective.

This reminds me to never go grocery shopping while hungry. And, I need to buy more socks.
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  1. I believe I have the same feast/famine cycle with socks that you do. :D

  2. This is so true! I've rediscovered my warm wool socks this past week. Haven't touched my sock drawer in quite awhile since I lived in my sandals all spring/summer. Now, though, I'm getting my thick socks up towards the front.


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