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Washington, Nov 2 (ANI): Everything from unrequited love to the uprisings of the Arab earlier this year could be blamed on the absoluteness of the rules, according to a new study.

The researchers concluded that people who feel like they're stuck with a rule or restriction are more likely to be content with it than people who think that the rule isn't definite.

"If it's a restriction that I can't really do anything about, then there's really no point in hitting my head against the wall and trying to fight against it," said Kristin Laurin of the University of Waterloo.

"I'm better off if I just give up. But if there's a chance I can beat it, then it makes sense for my brain to make me want the restricted thing even more, to motivate me to fight," stated Laurin who conducted the study with Aaron Kay and Gavan Fitzsimons of Duke University.

Laurin said this confirms what she suspected about absoluteness; if a restriction is definite, people find a way to live with it.

This could help explain how uprisings spread across the Arab world earlier this year or about unrequited love.

When people were living under dictatorships with power that appeared to be absolute, Laurin said, they may have been comfortable with it.

But once Tunisia's president fled, citizens of neighbouring countries realized that their governments weren't as absolute as they seemed-and they could have dropped whatever rationalizations they were using to make it possible to live under an authoritarian regime.

And relating to unrequited love, it confirms people's intuitive sense that leading someone can just make them fall for you more deeply, Laurin stated.

"If this person is telling me no, but I perceive that as not totally absolute, if I still think I have a shot, that's just going to strengthen my desire and my feeling, that's going to make me think I need to fight to win the person over," she explained.

"If instead I believe no, I definitely don't have a shot with this person, then I might rationalize it and decide that I don't like them that much anyway," she added.

The study will be published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. (ANI)

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