Why is it that one person can screw up—say, a mediocre student forgetting the due date of the big term paper—and make people think less of him, while someone else—the class-president-slash-football-quarterback, perhaps—can do the exact same thing and have everyone like him even more? It sounds like favoritism, but there's an interesting psychological phenomenon at play. It's called the pratfall effect.
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Written by Curiosity Staff June 21, 2017
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