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Two men were arrested for assaulting each other in what would be called a "bar brawl." The bar owner did not press charges, and the two men were released. The next week, people gathered in the same bar to watch "pay-per-view television." The same two men got into a cage and behaved in exactly the same manner. Neither of the men in the cage was arrested. Both, in fact, were paid handsomely. How can this dichotomy be explained?

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My name is Jason Blair and it is my pleasure to assist you with some notes related to this particular scenario. By way of introduction, I am a professor in the state of Arizona.

This example is a classic psychological example of how the same event or behavior can be seen in two completely contrasting lights depending on the situation. This is the essence of dichotomy. In both scenarios, the two men in question are 'fighting'. The ...

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A discussion surrounding one particular situation that demonstrates the concept of dichotomy.