The effects of the unlucky charm
Research shows that lucky charms have real, positive effects. But unlucky things have their own kind of power.
The story behind a physical item we own matters. From living spaces to engagement rings to clothing, we tend to take hold of the stories behind the item as if we will follow a similar outcome.
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According to research, secondhand engagement rings are much less likely to sell if the listing indicated that the previous owner had been through a divorce or a broken engagement. One explanation is that we believe that various properties can be transmitted through contact.
Sometimes, you create the story yourself. The item has to be prominent in the situation. But if the item is branded as unlucky, it's hard to forget the association.
There are generally three ways we give luck to an object.
Humans have incredible creative potential. Our ability for creating remarkable inventions like megacities or symphonies shows our capacity to imagine possibilities and make them happen.
Looking at history shows us that collaborative creativity was instrumental to our success in the past and the future.
Phone interviews are efficient time savers for both the candidate and the employer.
Initially considered a screening round for the benefit of the employer, a phone interview also helps the candidate weed out any potential deal-breakers before investing time, money, energy and resources to give a personal face-to-face interview (wherever that is happening).
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