Your furniture can affect your psychology, since our decisions are caused by our circumstances. But HOW does this happen?
Some of this is pretty amazing: When researchers put participants in chairs that leaned slightly to the left, they became slightly more leftish in their political views.
When psychologists asked volunteers to sit in wobbly chairs, and lean on a wobbly table while they answered a survey about the stability of those celebrity relationships that we're always reading about in the tabloids, they checked the box that said all of them would break up soon (sensing that their furniture was about to do this as well).
The Economist says, "What was particularly intriguing was that those sitting at wonky furniture not only saw instability in the relationships of others but also said that they valued stability in their own relationships."
The lesson to be learned from this? If you want to stay married, get your furniture fixed!
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