When you think someone else doesn’t like you, do you call her just to chat or invite her out to drinks? Probably not. But what would happen if you did? In this study, researchers asked volunteers to treat subjects as if they liked them, no matter their real feelings.
Why? Subjects who believed they were liked were more open and intimate in conversation, so the volunteers followed suit, and the conversation was fulfilling for both people. On the flip side, subjects who believed they were disliked were more disagreeable, which led to a less satisfying interaction.