Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Monkey Experiment: The Habit Virus

Just to share what I have read from the internet which comes from a book titled "The NLP Pocketbook" by Gillian Burn.

Here is the story:
In a research study, five monkeys were placed in a cage with a ladder leading to a bunch of ripe bananas. One monkey headed towards the bananas, but hidden at the top of the ladder was a water spray which showered water over the monkey. So it abandoned the attempt. Another monkey tried; it too was sprayed with water. Each monkey in turn tried, but each was doused and eventually gave up. The researchers turned off the water spray and removed one monkey from the cage, replacing it with a new one. The new monkey saw the bananas and immediately tried to climb the ladder. However, to its horror, the other monkeys leapt up and stopped it.

Over time the researchers removed and replaced all the original monkeys. Every time a newcomer approached the ladder the other monkeys stopped it from climbing up. None of the remaining monkeys had ever been sprayed, but still no monkey approached the ladder to reach the bananas. As far as they knew that was the way it had always been done, and so the habit was formed.

What do we learnt from this story?
Sometimes we do not know the reason why we cannot do certain thing. Having feared by the unknown consequence for trying it, we have to blindly accept when people tell us not to do it.

2 comments:

江婷 said...

知識可以傳授,智慧卻不行。每個人必須成為他自己。......................................................................

江婷 said...

在莫非定律中有項笨蛋定律:「一個組織中的笨蛋,恆大於等於三分之二。」....................................................................

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