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Rounders Vs. Accumulators

Scott Adams (yes, from Dilbert) hit it on the head with his blog post today, titled Rounders Vs. Accumulators.

ROUNDERS: This group rounds things off. A problem that's a two on a scale of one to ten gets rounded to zero. If a rounder has five problems that are all about a two on a scale of one to ten, he'll tell you he has no problems.

ACCUMULATORS: Accumulators add up all the little problems until they equal one big problem. If an accumulator has five problems that are each a two on a scale of one to ten, that feels like having one problem that's a ten.

Rounders are generally happy, because they perceive their lives to be mostly problem-free. Accumulators are often miserable because "nothing is going right."

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I try to be a rounder, but sometimes I find myself accumulating.

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meep
Jul. 9th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
I don't round so much as not accumulate. I'm high precision? Or, more like it, I'm low memory for problems.

Still, accumulators are fricking annoying.
drmellow
Jul. 9th, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's probably closer to what I am, too -- low memory for problems.

And, yes, accumulators are annoying -- being around them tends to bring out accumulation tendencies in me.
sidelobe
Jul. 9th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
This is so much more complete than "half-full vs. half-empty". It's a good description.

I think everybody goes through being both Accumulators and Rounders at different parts of their lives. Some switch back and forth with frightening rapidity. I tend to think I've lived most of my life as a Rounder, though for a while I was an absolutely terrible Accumulator.

Can there be Accumulators of Good Stuff, and Rounders of Good Stuff?
eagle243
Jul. 10th, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
I am definitely an accumulator.
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