How the Broken Windows Theory Can Apply to Your Life

What you see, matters.

Mary Liga
Mind Cafe

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Two windows, 6 panes each with all glass broken out on a stucco building.
Photo by Matt Artz on Unsplash

The broken windows theory, defined in 1982 by social scientists James Wilson and George Kelling, drawing on earlier research by Stanford University psychologist Philip Zimbardo, argues that

no matter how rich or poor a neighborhood, one broken window would soon lead to many more windows being broken.

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Mary Liga
Mind Cafe

Margarita-loving copywriter, life coach, home design junkie, and host of The Badass Midlife Podcast. maryjoliga@gmail.com