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The Pratfall Effect Explains Why We Like Talented People Who Screw Up

Mistakes are learning moments, but screwing up may also give you a boost of another kind: it can make people like you more. The Pratfall Effect is the tendency for a competent person's likeability to increase after they make a mistake. This effect probably occurs because competent people who never trip up are perceived as less relatable, and thus likeable. Once that seemingly perfect person makes a mistake, they're suddenly more appealing.

This effect can work in the opposite way as well. If someone who is incompetent makes a mistake, the Pratfall Effect says that person's likeability decreases. This is probably because they move even further away from the competence of the general public after a screw up. Learn more about the Pratfall Effect in the video below.


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