Pswhychology – The Rule of 3

The rule of three is a writing principle that suggests that things that come in threes are inherently funnier, more satisfying, or more effective than other numbers or things.

Stated as ‘omne trium perfectum’ in Latin, this rule has been used in popular documents and books including The Three Little Pigs, the Declaration of Independence and veni, vidi, vici.


This photograph demonstrates the principles of the rule of thirds

The guideline proposes that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines, and that important composition elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections. Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centring the subject.


The rule of thirds is a rule of thumb used when planning for the deployment and usage of a military organization, according to which one third of the total military forces involved should be available for operations, one third should be preparing for operations and the final third, having been on operations, should be recuperating. Ideally, units and individuals regularly will rotate through each of the three phases. Read more on the  wikipedia page.


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  • You can survive three minutes of severe bleeding, without breathable air (unconsciousness generally occurs), or in icy water.
  • You can survive three hours in a harsh environment (extreme heat or cold).
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In comedy, called a comic triple, it relates three unsuspecting characters like an Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman, the comic element usually coming from the third character.

One version of this is The Triple, wherein a character lists three items – the first two logical and serious, and the third applying a twist or joke. A popular example is the classic people entering the bar joke, where almost every time the third person who enters is the joke. But if you’re bad at cracking jokes don’t worry, here is a way to use science to make people think you’re funnier than you are.

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