The David v. Goliath Syndrome

Why do so many of us root for underdogs? Because they resonate with our sense of “fairness and justice” and we frequently believe they “put forth more effort than top-dogs.” At least, that’s what researchers at the University of South Florida have concluded after a series of studies on the subject.

From the summary of their findings at PsychCentral:

” … in one study using the Israeli and Palestinian conflict, the participants were given the same essay about the history of the area, but with different maps to reference — one showing Palestine as smaller than Israel (and thus, the underdog) and the other showing Israel as smaller.

No matter what scenario the participants were presented with, they consistently favored the underdog to win.”

  

Author: PETE ABEL

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  1. Before you begin reading this, please have before you on screen, paper, or wall, a reliable full-scale map of the Middle East, one stretching from Morocco to Afghanistan, from the Caspian Sea to the Gulf of Aden

    In what universe is Morocco, a country that has a few hundred miles of coast-line on the Atlantic a Middle-Eastern Country?

  2. Morocco is a North African Arab country which traditionally had a sizable Jewish minority, therefore it is part of the Middle East.

  3. Morocco is a North African Arab country which traditionally had a sizable Jewish minority, therefore it is part of the Middle East.

    Spain is a European Country formerly ruled by Arabs which traditionally had a sizable Jewish minority, therefore it is part of the Middle East.

    Makes about as much sense.

    the Middle-East is the area east of the Mediterranean, south of the Black Sea, the Caucasus and the Caspian, west of foothills of Himalayas and North of the Indian Ocean in other words Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Iraq, Iran and the countries of the Arabian Peninsula.

    Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya are part of the Maghreb.

  4. The Middle East and North Africa are routinely treated as a single large region (because it is Arab as well as desert-like). You can even find references to (ghawd, another stupid acronym) “MENA” in the context of discussing issues related to this part of the world.

  5. The dishonest would call Israel “Goliath” and the Israelis, the big, bad, evil, marauding Philistines (note the irony).

  6. As to domestic issues — just wait until Hillary Clinton (or Obama, less likely in my opinion) call themselves “victim” (triggering the response) once they are subjected to criticism rather than robotic agreement with them, and more nodding up and down of heads than when at a jazz concert (the desired Dem behavior) when hearing or reading their statements.

  7. I checked an atlas. There is more than one accepted definition of the term “Middle East” and the cultural definition includes Morocco, Algeria, Libya and Sudan.

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