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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I'm sure Freud discussed it (formally) first, but later it was also called the Stockholm Syndrome, I believe.

    It's the tendency for kidnap victims to develop powerful and quite unexpected emotional bonds with their captors.

    So why is it relevant here?

    Because Microsoft uses deliberate design decisions to beat you into submission.

    The frustration etc you discuss is the aim of the process.

    What goes thru your mind, below the level of awareness, is:

    o I have been conditioned to fear the bully, so I'm not game to swi

  • Why don't you invent one? To do that you should make one up, collect 20 similar stories, and publish it somewhere. Then encourage people to adopt it.

    One option is "confirmative blame". And the exact definition is that it is the tendency to confirm our pre-existing biases by wrongly blaming some one or thing. Particularly when we really should be blaming ourselves for our own mistakes.

  • Is this the same psychology responsible for people lighting candles and sacrificing chicken, when building C programs?

    When the irresistible force that is a sense of efficacy meets the immoveable object that is a chaotic world.

    Or is that the opposite of this phenomenon?