Walter B? Veazie, son of Walter C and Elva Hewitt Veazie
YOU CAN MAKE YOURSELF LIKE YOUR WIFE'S HAT BY WALTER VEAZIE, PH. D. Of New York University. The wife comes home with a irand new spring bonnet—green, And you just abominate green, even seforo you see the bill. In the interests interests of family harmony can you make yourself like that green hat? You can, says Miss Margaret Floy Washburn, professor of psychology at Vassar, who with Miss Sarah Louise Grose has recently been experimenting experimenting on the voluntary con- :rol of likes and dislikes of colors. Although it is much easier, they find, to change likes to dislikes, changes in the direction of increased pleasantness are much more permanent. permanent. If you finally make yourself like that hat you will probably continue continue to do so until another appears. We are, as it were, superficially pessimistic and more ready to abandon abandon our likes than our dislikes, but deep down our nature is optimistic, tending to cling to its undisturbed likes and forget its dislikes. The way you can most easily change your likes and dislikes for colors in the laboratory at any rate, is by imagining them In connection connection with other things with which they would look better or worso to you. For instance, tako a piece of bright red ribbon. If you think of it an decorating a pretty brunette's hair, it appears with a pleasant affective affective tone; but imagine It as paper paper on your parlor wall—horrors! So, if your wife has a pink complexion complexion and insists on buying a grass-green hat, why just reflect how beautiful the pink and green would look on a rosebush and, presto you'll like the hat. Another method of changing the affective tone is to direct your attention attention to certain aspects and ignore others. The hat, though ill-colored, may have a beautiful shape—so by keeping keeping your thoughts on the shape and off the color you can increase your liking for the hat as a whole. To a certain extent, through not very much with simple colors, pne can increase one's like by persistently persistently thinking, "Now I'm going to like this."