You probably overestimate just how far someone can push you before you reach your tipping point, new research suggests.
No, we’re not talking about your emotional tipping point.
A new study examined how far people thought they could lean over backwards before they would actually fall to the ground. When study participants were put into a device that slowly and safely tilted them, most thought they reached their tipping point when they were tilted somewhere near 14 degrees from vertical (straight up and down). But research suggests the actual tipping point for most people is nearer to 8 or 9 degrees, said Dennis Shaffer,
lead author of the study and associate professor of psychology at The Ohio State University at Mansfield
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