Re: Do the Right Thing

Subject: Re: Do the Right Thing
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 13:02:09 -0500

The study is correct. I have observed that in telling to people how to lead a horse, "Do it this way, it's safer," is not as effective as "This way looks more professional." The self image is important, and there is probably a lesson in there for us.

(The particular issue for me is that the person should hold the excess of the horse's lead rope doubled up in the left hand, rather than looped or wrapped around the left wrist.)

On Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:00:35 -0500, Kathleen MacDowell <kathleen -dot- eamd -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

I wondered if I should post to the chat list, but the effect was based on
word forms ...? I guess we'll hear soon if it should go to chat :-)

That's also quite interesting about the similarity in usage for ethics and


On Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 10:45 AM, Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca> wrote:

That is a fascinating study. To find that people are inclined to act
differently if they perceive themselves differently adds credence to what
I've been thinking about regarding how who we are affects what we do.

Also, in another group we noticed how the line between ethics (as in, what
ought to be) and morality (what is commonly done) has blurred to where the
words have been used as synonyms.

At any rate, the philosophical discussion belongs in the Techwr-L-chat
list, so I'll stop now.


On Thursday, January 24, 2013, wrote:

Fascinating effect of noun vs verb

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Re: Do the Right Thing: From: Tony Chung
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