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Five Monkeys, One Ladder
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Friday, 3 June 2016 - 17:38
Five monkeys are put into a room, with a ladder in the middle, and a stack of bananas on top. What happens next is the most illuminating experiment in the field of social psychology.
It not only teaches us about how we are primed to think, it also helps us reconsider a lot of the things that we take for granted.
The researchers put five monkeys in the before-mentioned room. Then, the natural happens - one of the monkeys climbs up the ladder to capture the sweet treat… Right before he gets it though, the researchers spray freezing-cold water on him, and all of his buddies.
Cold, wet and bewildered, all the monkeys shake on the floor, trying to warm up. As soon as they regain their composure, another monkey goes back at - the allure of the bananas is too strong.
As soon as he is about to get it, though.. He and all of his friends get sprayed with the water. Same thing repeats itself. Then, a third monkey tries. They all get sprayed, once again.
Now, the next time another monkey decides to try it, all the others pull him down from the ladder and start beating him. This keeps repeating for any monkey that dares try, and through that action, puts them all in jeopardy.
Now, they replace one of the monkeys. The new monkey, not knowing of the dangers, starts to immediately climb the ladder, but the other monkeys pull him down and beat him.
Then, they slowly replace each monkey, one by one, until they are left with five monkeys, none of which has ever been sprayed with the cold water. Yet, none of them dare climb the ladder. Instead, they all beat any new monkey that is introduced to the scene.
Finally, you are left with five new monkeys. All of them have no clue why they aren’t simply going up to grab the bananas, yet not one of them does it.
I dare you to give me a better illustration of human behavior.
How many things do we do, simplybecause it has been the way to do things? How often do we question the old ways? How many people are laughed at, and derided, every single day, for trying something new?
Nobody dares question the status quo, even though most people have no idea why it is the status quo. What is left, is the status quo.
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