For the last poll, there seemed to be a lot of people who assumed that the bully's personality was static (i.e. if they were mean now, they'd forever always be mean). Personally, I tend to believe that most people are dynamic, and that their opinions/beliefs change, so here's another poll: The Magical Girl of Unethical Social Experimentation abducted you and is forcing you to participate in an experiment. For the first part of this experiment, you spend 10 days living with a group of ~30 random people. You are not told what is the purpose of this experiment. Your only instructions are to do whatever you want, and nobody is informed about the subsequent phases of the experiment. At the end of Phase 1, everyone whom you interacted with privately rates how much they hated you. The individual who hates you the most is designated as your jailer. The jailer's only job is to keep you in jail (and alive). You are locked inside a basic cell, and you have a microphone / video camera that allows you to communicate with your jailer at any time (unless they decide to shut it off because you've annoyed them too much). Your jail cell has no amenities except a bed, toilet, and shower (obviously no Internet or electronics). The jailer is not allowed to give you anything except food. Every day that your jailer keeps you in jail, they earn $1000 USD. Now here's the game that you're offered (note: the jailer is not told about this game): Step 1: Guess how many X days it will take before your jailer likes you. Step 2: On day X, your jailer will be asked by their supervisor if they genuinely like you. If they say yes, you will be released and your jailer will be paid a bonus equivalent to ( 10X their salary ). Your jailer will stop earning money and they will be fired from their job at the prison. If they say no, your jailer's daily salary will be doubled from now on. Step 3: Repeat this process 1. How many days (X) would you gamble as the amount of time it would take for you to get your jailer to like you? 2. If you were the jailer, do you think you could ever be convinced to start liking your prisoner? What would you do if you knew about the game? 3. How would you approach this situation? Do you have strategies for getting people to like you? 4. Do you think you are a generally likable person? Why would somebody hate you after spending 10 days with you (in phase one)?