Hold that door

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Hold that door

A new study by researchers from Purdue University in Indiana showed that rather than being courteous, someone who holds the door open for a man is doing harm to his self-esteem...

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Hold that door

A new study by researchers from Purdue University in Indiana showed that rather than being courteous, someone who holds the door open for a man is doing harm to his self-esteem and self-confidence by their action. The result is interesting: male, but not female, subjects reported lower levels of self-esteem and self-confidence when the door was held open for them. The researchers noted that "behaviour as fleeting and seemingly innocuous as door holding can have unforeseen negative consequences." They speculated that the gesture, polite as it may be, unintentionally send the message to a man that he is "inferior or too dependent".

courteous/courtois – harm/tort – self-confidence/confiance en soi – behaviour/comportement – fleeting/bref, fugace – seemingly/apparemment – innocuous/anodin – unforeseen/imprévu

Publié le 21/03/2014

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