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Rumorswhy do we find these fictional tales so amusing It seems gossip exists even more prevalently in law school than it did in undergrad Ridiculous stories about thong flashing escapades with professors and secret professional stripping careers soar through the quad on a regular basis Whos sleeping with who provides a topic for many conversations not to mention debates about the sexual preferences of both students and professors While most of the gossip somehow relates to sex occasional banter about intelligence levels job offers or the lack there of family secrets and financial means also flutter through the air Does any of this matter Its obviously part of human natureat least in America After all supermarket tabloids filled with fascinating accounts of superstar scandals line magazine racks Likewise even our nations political realm revolves in large part around the personal lives of those who choose to participate The ClintonLewinsky scenario illustrates Americans obsession with secret sex scandals These actions arent categorically condemned Quite contrarily they conceivably signify hidden desires stifled through vicarious living So why are people innately interested in gossip Dr Victoria Calder a local psychologist suggests tribal nature stemming from historic forms of human habitation In a tribe strictly sought norms govern behavior Joining the tribe requires conformity Law school constitutes a tribe comprised of students and faculty Inevitably an expectation of certain social norms exists Established members utilize rumors to control nonconformists manipulating them into normal behavior Yet after establishing compliance the latitude of allowable idiosyncrasies expands occasional behaviors outside the norm become increasingly acceptable The maxim regarding human discomfort with differences sums up the gist of this theory People find comfort in the company of others similar in nature rationalizing there is nothing wrong with me because youre the same That still doesnt explain the opinion that rumors generate more rampantly in law school versus other environments Shouldnt people mature as they grow older
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