Summary #380

"Shooting the Messenger" is a psychological reality – share bad news and people will like you less

digest.bps.org.uk
  • In 11 experiments putting people in various situations, researchers have found that we don’t like people who deliver bad news.
  • The effect is even stronger when bad news are unexpected or illogical.
  • People might "shoot the messenger" because they believe the messenger is evil - even when it doesn’t make sense.
  • Overall, this confirms that "shooting the messenger" isn’t a thing of medieval fairytales, but a real psychological phenomenon.
  • Study authors say this makes life harder for people, who might miss out on important advice if they instantly dislike bearers of bad news.

Categories

Newsletter

Newsletter

Fame 🙌

Bullets.tech - Articles for science lovers shortened to five bullet points. | Product Hunt Embed

We were featured on Hacker News, O'REILLY® Ideas, and Boing Boing.