The psychology of playing the fool

The psychology of playing the fool

Why are you interested in exploring the idea of playing the fool, or betrayal?

In your book you reference the word ‘sugrophobia.’ What is it?

The book gives several anecdotes and also highlights many studies. Is there one you like in particular?

You write that ‘being suckered taps into two aversive human conditions: regret and alienation.’ What about embarrassment?

Some chapters in your book explore how fear of being played the fool inform racism and sexism.

Another chapter introduces the ‘mom-con.’

The psychological themes in your book—operators, marks, status, power, agency, and avoidance—are familiar. Aren’t they arguably normal or rational?

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