Today I got to work. When I got into the building, a very new guy who works here was waiting waiting for the elevator. I said hello and waited as well. When we got on the elevator he turns to me and says,
I thought you might hit the up button. You trusted that I had? How did you know I had?
I have a thing with people who do that. It annoys me to no end. Just yesterday, as a matter of fact, a woman mashed the button 10 times as I stood there, already waiting. I was thinking ‘what the hell do you think I’m doing here, hanging out?’ Even if I had wanted to hit the up button just now, I would have stopped myself from doing so.
I took a class when I was in college, a psychology class, and we studied why people do this. They actually did tests in the school elevator. The ‘close door’ button didn’t work, like it wasn’t even connected to anything, and most people knew this and most people would hit it anyway. It’s a control thing. People think they have control in at least one part of their life.
I have little control in most areas of my life, but I still stop myself from mashing the elevator up button.
I bet he thinks I’m crazy.