Flattery will get you, well, let’s see…

What should be happening behind the scenes when a Subject flatters DirObject? What questions have to be answered and in what order?

  • Do I believe your flattery?
  • How does your flattery affect me if I believe it? If I don’t believe it?
  • How should the subject of the flattery respond? (Currently there’s no response in the Siboot verb web.)

Let’s look at the first question – Do I believe your flattery? Here are some sub-questions that come to mind that would need to be answered to answer the first question (followed by the trait or traits that I imagine being used as inputs).

  • How much do I want to believe it? – Fear_Courage
  • How self centered am I? – Vain_Modest
  • How much do I like you? – pHated_Loved
  • How much do I trust you? – pFalse_Honest aFalse_Honest (?)
  • How persuasive are you? – Obnoxious_Charismatic

What should the relative priority of each of the sub-questions be? (Or should that be relative weight?)

Since nothing amazes me more than the human mind’s ability to re-program itself on the fly, sometimes to the detriment of the rest of the body’s well being, I think the first two questions should be given similar, if not equal weights:

  • How much do I want to believe it? – This dress does make me look thinner!
  • How self centered am I? – Of course they would want to flatter me, I’m important!

Followed by:

  • How much do I like you? – You’re my friend, of course I believe what you say.
  • How much do I trust you? – You’re my friend, but you’re also a pathological liar.

And finally:

  • How persuasive are you? – Well, I don’t care one way or another, I don’t like you, but you make a good point, this dress does make me look thinner!

If the flattery is believed, I think the intermediate result should be an adjustment of the DirObject’s like (pHated_Loved) for the Subject and possibly the DirObject’s trust (pFalse_Honest) for the Subject.

I’m also thinking the final result should be a reply by the DirObject, either accepting (DirObject thanks Subject comment) or rejecting (DirObject dismisses Subject comment).

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