The X Effect takes a look at current and former relationships to determine whether or not individuals wish to recapture a former love or continue nurturing a new relationship. During the show, two exes spend a weekend at a resort hotel. Each couple is presented with opportunities to rekindle their former relationship, through participation in romantic activities. While they are on their "date", they are covertly watched by their current partners, referred to as "the others", or "O's". At the end of the weekend, the exes must choose between their old and new partners.

Type: Reality

Languages: Armenian

Status: Ended

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 2007-03-21

The X-Effect - Barnum effect - Netflix

The Barnum effect, also called the Forer effect, is a common psychological phenomenon whereby individuals give high accuracy ratings to descriptions of their personality that supposedly are tailored specifically to them but that are, in fact, vague and general enough to apply to a wide range of people. This effect can provide a partial explanation for the widespread acceptance of some paranormal beliefs and practices, such as astrology, fortune telling, aura reading, and some types of personality tests. The Barnum effect occurs when people believe that what they are told applies specifically to them, despite the fact that it could apply to almost anyone. In short, it is a con-technique. These characterizations are used by practitioners to convince customers that they are endowed with a paranormal gift. The effect is found when assessment statements are vague and people are able to interpret their own meaning into the statements they receive, thus the statement becomes “personal” to them. Also, individuals are more likely to accept negative assessments of themselves if they perceive the person presenting the assessment as a high-status professional. The name “Barnum effect” was coined in 1956 by psychologist Paul Meehl in his essay Wanted – A Good Cookbook.

The X-Effect - Relevance of birth date information - Netflix

C. R. Snyder and R. J. Shenkel carried out a study in which they asked their students to prepare uniform Barnum descriptions for a group of subjects; these descriptions were then presented to study participants under the guise of being individualized horoscopes. Subjects in one group were not asked for personal information; those in a second group were asked to provided their month of birth; those in a third group were asked for the exact date of their birth. Those in the third group were most likely to say that their “horoscopes” applied to them; those in the first group were least likely to do so.

The X-Effect - References - Netflix