Sunday, May 28, 2006

Punishing Perfection

Punishing Perfection

Hot on the heels of my last post on admitting your flaws comes this little gem from Kim:

Apparently, in the world of romance novels, authors are very careful to include at least one glaring flaw in their bare-chested bad-boy love interests, because even romance novel readers don't find perfection believable.

There's even a quasi-official term for this, the Strategic Pratfall Effect, from a 10-year-old Inc. article. Psychologist Steven Berglas argues that leaders are more effective when they seem human, and flaws are an innate part of being human.

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