Archive for October 27th, 2011

…For a marriage to survive, the ratio of positive to negative emotion in a given encounter has to be at least five to one.
     —     Malcolm Gladwell
From his book:  “Blink
[This was the first time I ever heard of this type of comparison or the ratio for survival / success.  Intuitively, it strikes me as true.  Militarily for an “average” attack to be considered “probably successful” in advance, the force (attack to defense) ratio must be at least six to one.  It begs the question of how an individual can estimate (count) positive and negative emotions on the fly.  And yet, we are able to because we can all describe relationships as “happy marriage” or “unhappy marriage”.    —    KMAB]

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