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I came across this interesting video on Zurich Minds – it’s about social motivation (external stimuli) and how it affects internal regulatory variables in humans. More precisely the talks is about the ancestrally-traceable relationship between what scientists call Welfare Trade-off Ratio (how we expect others to treat us) and anger.
The talk was given by John Tooby, an anthropologist at the University of California.
The talks is totally worth watching. I can’t embed it but here is a direct link to it. There are actually two talks by two researchers in one video. The one that I’m referring to starts at around 17.21 minute.
I am not going to venture into discussing anger levels, physical appearance, who feels more entitled and why – I’ll leave that to the scientist himself. I took some notes for myself and I thought I should post them here. I’ve marked in bold the important terms, as well as what I found very interesting (in the last 8 or so bullets).
Generally, my take-away is it pays ‘big money’ to be perceived as a man of great upper body strength. Although, my suspicion is that what one person perceives as a sign of superior upper body strength in another is totally different from what other person perceives as such.
Moreover, strength, it turns out could be directly perceived or implied. I especially liked the example of a mob boss sitting in a restaurant and everybody there has a high weight of WTR towards the mob boss – not because of his ‘visible’ upper body strength but because of the implied strength (the awareness of his ability to use force to settle disputes).
It’s all very interesting. If you think about it that’s exactly how it works especially in social interactions between two men, but we never think about it. To us it’s just how things work… and things worked that way for ages.
Here is the link again.