What is ‘reality distortion field’ in Psychology?

  • This refers to the phenomenon where an individual is able to convince people around him of the possibility of successfully completing tasks that look impossible at first sight.
  • The term was used by Bud Tribble, an employee at the technology company Apple, to describe the attitude of the company’s co-founder Steve Jobs who used his persistence and skills of persuasion to push his employees to carry out difficult tasks with tight deadlines.
  • In a sense, by projecting hard things to look easy and attainable, Jobs tricked his employees into believing that difficult tasks could actually be completed successfully according to the plans of their demanding boss.


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