Friday, June 09, 2006

More Pop Psychology

I think that when describing someone to another person who has never met the describee, the activity is much like a Rorschach inkblot test. What really matters is the first attribute expressed by the describer (especially so if the describing party is put on the spot and has no prep time). Whatever quality or characteristic is chosen as the first to be detailed must be significant because it was the first piece of information accessed. Similar to a filename on a PC, it serves as a tiny abstract to be used before going into greater detail but in it's own way sums up everything about that person (if not unfairly). Example:

"What's Jason like?"
"He's kind of an asshole."

Now one could add on a lot of additional info such as "but he's kind to animals, small children, and old people" and while all that may indeed be true, we know what's really up. Jason is an asshole. Like first impressions, first descriptions are everything. Given that, I know exactly what a buddy was getting at when we were talking yesterday about a girl (sorry ladies; woman) that used to work in his building.

Apparently she was the object of unspoken desire for just about every guy in the office park and for good reason. My buddy, dubbed her "Ms. Ridiculous" because it seemed illogical that anyone could be that attractive in real life. Having never seen her I would have my doubts were it not for the Rorschach phenomenon. When asking our friend about Ms. Ridiculous one will undoubtedly elicit the same immediate first response; "she's ridiculously beautiful" or "she is the most perfect creature I have ever seen" or "she is so fucking gorgeous that it makes my stomach sink." If that's the first thing that comes to my mind, then it's gotta be for real.


At 6/09/2006 6:23 PM, Blogger Jawn said...

Oh yeah, it was for real. She was like lightning.


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