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Why Do People Support Underdogs And Find Them So Appealing?
Science Daily ^ | Sage Publications.

Posted on 12/19/2007 6:06:22 PM PST by blam

Why Do People Support Underdogs And Find Them So Appealing?

ScienceDaily (Dec. 19, 2007) — In a series of studies, researchers from the University of South Florida tested the scope of people's support for those who are expected to lose, seeking to understand why people are drawn to the Rocky Balboas and the Davids (versus Goliaths) of the world.

Using both sports and political examples, the researchers* asked study participants to react to various scenarios presenting different competitors with an advantage or disadvantage.

For instance, in one study using the Israeli and Palestinian conflict, the participants were given the same essay about the history of the area, but with different maps to reference -- one showing Palestine as smaller than Israel (and thus, the underdog) and the other showing Israel as smaller.

No matter what scenario the participants were presented with, they consistently favored the underdog to win.

Why do people support underdogs and find them so appealing?

The researchers propose that those who are viewed as disadvantaged arouse people's sense of fairness and justice -- important principles to most people.

The researchers also found that people tend to believe that underdogs put forth more effort than top-dogs, but that favorable evaluation disappeared when the underdog status no longer applies, such as when people are expected to lose but have a lot of available resources.

The article, "The Appeal of the Underdog" is published in the current issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Researchers from University of South Florida included Joseph A. Vandello, Nadav P. Goldschmied, and David A. R. Richards.

Adapted from materials provided by Sage Publications.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: appeal; knockemdown; losers; underdogs

1 posted on 12/19/2007 6:06:23 PM PST by blam
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To: blam
"Why Do People Support Underdogs And Find Them So Appealing?"

Compassion/sympathy plus people can relate to them over 'perfect' people.

2 posted on 12/19/2007 6:10:29 PM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

I think most people tend to see themselves as underdogs.
susie


3 posted on 12/19/2007 6:13:11 PM PST by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: blam

It’s because people are jealous of their betters and want to see them taken down a peg. They identify with the underdog because they’re losers.


4 posted on 12/19/2007 6:28:12 PM PST by Huck (Soylent Green is People.)
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To: blam

Because most people ARE underdogs.


5 posted on 12/19/2007 6:32:18 PM PST by gotribe (I've been disenfranchised by the GOP.)
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To: blam

Are you serious?
People love to see the little guy win over the establishment big cheese.

The entrenched champion is often arrogant and needs a good kick in the head.


6 posted on 12/19/2007 6:43:13 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: blam

I will tell ya what is sweet.
The Cleveland Indians kicking the Yankees ass with a quarter of the payroll.


7 posted on 12/19/2007 6:45:02 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Yea but they are still from Cleveland. It ain’t the a$$hole of the earth but you can see it from there. I spent most of last March in that $hithole (across the street from Jacobs Field) and as far as I am concerned the terrorists can pop the first nuke there. Oh and NYC can be second.It is not personal, I just do not care for either place. Mostly you can have anything East of the Missouri River.


8 posted on 12/19/2007 6:50:39 PM PST by mad_as_he$$ ("Has there been a code nine? Have you heard from the Doctor?")
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To: blam

Rags-to-riches, irony, the turning of the tables — these are all staples of American literature. Rocky, Rudy, the little engine that could, great stories, rousing ones. One of my best personal stories is of me, with a C- average, a sophomore, enrolling in a philosophy course where the professor looked over his glasses while leaning on the podium and said, “I see that some of you in here are just barely hanging on here at the college. You have NOT come to the right place to repair your GPA.” I resolved I’d show that SOB. I read everything TWICE, if I had to, in order to digest the material and write essay answers that would have him begging me to MAJOR in philosophy by the time I was done. That is exactly what happened when on the final exam, he slipped in a doozy about Wittgenstein, and I nailed that essay to a T. He wrote on my paper: “Well-written, cogent, impressive. Have you ever considered a major in philosophy?”
So, I showed him. But it was really he who showed me. He brought the best out of me and made a lifelong thinker out of me.


9 posted on 12/19/2007 6:51:13 PM PST by Migraine (...diversity is great... until it happens to YOU...)
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To: mad_as_he$$

charming


10 posted on 12/19/2007 6:53:17 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

They are from Arkansas.


11 posted on 12/19/2007 6:54:51 PM PST by mad_as_he$$ ("Has there been a code nine? Have you heard from the Doctor?")
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To: Migraine

I like that story. But you really majored in Engineering, right?


12 posted on 12/19/2007 6:57:18 PM PST by Unknowing (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.)
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To: blam
but that favorable evaluation disappeared when the underdog status no longer applies, such as when people are expected to lose but have a lot of available resources.

Ron Paul?

13 posted on 12/19/2007 7:00:36 PM PST by JCEccles
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To: blam

I rather see the answer for “Why Do Pseudo-”Conservatives” Support RINOs (with weak resumes) And Find Them So Appealing?”


14 posted on 12/19/2007 7:02:47 PM PST by RasterMaster (Rudy McRomneyson = KENNEDY wing of the Republican Party)
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To: blam

Must be why the Detroit Lions have so many fans!


15 posted on 12/19/2007 7:04:53 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: blam
Why do people support underdogs and find them so appealing?

D@mned if I know....

16 posted on 12/19/2007 7:48:46 PM PST by mikrofon (Dog Bites Manbearpig)
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To: blam

Ron Paul? How about Duncan Hunter? He’s the underdog, I think.


17 posted on 12/19/2007 8:25:58 PM PST by swatbuznik
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To: blam

Jesus Christ was the Ultimate Underdog, born in a manger.

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According to Intrade, the winner of the December 12th GOP debate was... Duncan Hunter.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1938773/posts


18 posted on 12/19/2007 8:30:20 PM PST by Kevmo (We should withdraw from Iraq via Tehran. And Duncan Hunter is just the man to get that job done.)
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To: Huck
It’s because people are jealous of their betters and want to see them taken down a peg. They identify with the underdog because they’re losers.

What a ridiculous comment.

19 posted on 12/19/2007 8:33:06 PM PST by r9etb
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To: blam

Heard mentality.


20 posted on 12/19/2007 9:04:51 PM PST by onedoug
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To: Unknowing
I like that story. But you really majored in Engineering, right?

Thanks. No, I majored in Anthropology, with minors in linguistics, French, Bible and PHILOSOPHY.

21 posted on 12/20/2007 4:36:46 AM PST by Migraine (...diversity is great... until it happens to YOU...)
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To: Migraine

Good for you! I took a Master’s in Philosophy as well.


22 posted on 12/20/2007 7:01:02 AM PST by Unknowing (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.)
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To: Unknowing
Good for you! I took a Master’s in Philosophy as well.

And I have since become self-taught in ancient history... :)

23 posted on 12/20/2007 7:11:35 AM PST by Migraine (...diversity is great... until it happens to YOU...)
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