One thing I found particularly interesting this week was Schachter and Singer's two-factor theory. For a quick recap on the theory, part one is after an incident that causes an emotion we experience an arousal, or alertness. The second part is when our brains try and explain this arousal. Once we link it to an incident, we label the arousal with an emotion, whether it is fear, happiness, or sadness. I have a friend who loves watching The Bachelor. I, on the other hand, think it's a dumb idea. How can these two people fall in love, the type where they grow old together, in front of cameras, an audience, and other competitors? Now as much as I dislike it, I have seen enough of it. There was always a question as to why the dates were so elaborate. One explanation I thought of was why not? The show is paying for them and thinking of them. The audience at home wouldn't be very happy with watching the couple enjoy a night out at Applebee's followed by a movie. After hearing about this theory, I wonder if the dates are even more of a set-up to get these two people to form a stronger bond in a short amount of time. This seems plausible, especially after seeing Jake and Vienna bungee jumping. Jake said that she had a way of calming him. Vienna said that kissing Jake was like kissing no other guy. Well, they both had these experiences before and after bungee jumping, Jake beforehand when he was trying to conquer his fear of heights and Vienna after jumping off the bridge. Jake said after he could see their relationship lasting because of this (which it didn't, big shocker). It seems to me The Bachelor is aware of the two-factor theory and uses it as a means to try and form a relationship between two people, even though more often than not, these relationships never last. If the show does use this theory, it makes me curious to know how other reality shows manipulate the contestants and the viewers. And I don't mean by just piecing and airing certain footage but with other psychological means.
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