Do we need reminders to behave ourselves?

In the September issue of the Harvard Business Review, in one of my favourite sections called Defend Your Research, is an article that concludes this.  Adults behave better when teddy bears are in the room.  What a great headline, don’t you think?  Pretty much sums it up.  I mean, did I really need to read the article after reading that headline?  Actually, the article is a very good interview with the author of the study that drew that conclusion, and yes, it is definitely worth reading.  But, I didn’t really learn anything strikingly new after I read the headline.  Well, I suppose it was a bit of an eye-opener to learn that in their research, they found that if companies have five or more daycares or kindergartens within a 2-mile radius, they contribute significantly more to charity.  Interesting, huh?

I suppose my subconscious already knew that adult behaviour would change when there are reminders to them of their children or their own childhood, or some other signs of purity and innocence.  Think of your own behavior when you’re at a party and your friend’s 3 year-old daughter comes teetering into the room.  It goes without saying that you check your language (if you’re a civilized person), you check your smile (to make sure it’s on and glowing), and you engage the little person with your eyes.  The question now is, why can’t we do this with other adults all the time?

About Peter Armaly
I get jazzed by automation, big data, and blockchain tech. Business, technology, and fitness are things I understand. Scotch, wine, food, and fiction are things I appreciate.

2 Responses to Do we need reminders to behave ourselves?

  1. Robert Alvarez says:

    After all these years, the solution. All i had to do was bring a Teddy Bear in when i needed to deal with Glenn.

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