Psychologists do recognize something called the “Pratfall Effect.” There are times when a minor mistake or flaw only increases our good feelings toward a person. We like people who make relatively small mistakes, and we like objects that have minor flaws. It’s not just sympathy for a person in trouble or difficulty. We actually like them more than we would if they were paragons. The only trick is figuring out the right circumstances under which we like these things. –Esther Ingliss-Arkell

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene or a story using the pratfall effect to endear your character to the reader.

Journaling Prompt: What is a minor mistake or flaw that you see in your best friend that makes him or her more dear to you.

Art Prompt: Pratfall

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the Pratfall Effect and show them how they can use this information to get past things about friends and family that irritate them.

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