The “Carrot and Radish” Theory
I was so bored studying service marketing in HSSML. So my studying buddies (Erwin and Jane) for the day started an interesting conversation about a theory. Erwin came out with a theory, the chicken and duck theory which was later renamed as the carrot and radish theory for aesthetic purposes.
This theory says that when one is looking for a relationship it is like when one is in a barter trade. Assuming that all women own carrots and men own radish, one needs to look for the “right” carrot/radish before the transaction takes place.
Ms A owns a carrot and she is looking for someone who owns a radish of certain criteria, say the size, weight, taste, freshness etc. On the other hand, Mr B owns a radish and he is looking for a carrot of certain qualities.
So if the radish that Mr B owns fulfilled the criteria that Ms A is looking for and vice versa for her carrot than a transaction can take place. So in a relationship it takes a while to locate the right person because (1) the person needs to possess the carrot/radish that you are looking for and (2) the person wants your radish/carrot that you have.
When the owner’s carrot/radish is very popular in the market, there will be many other bidders and the process will take an even longer time before the transaction is finalized.
We also discussed topics ranging from; Should Mr B bid for Ms A’s carrot if she is also holding on to other radish? Should Ms A accept the exchange with Mr B if she is holding on to Mr C’s radish? This is assuming that she will eventually drop Mr C’s radish if she chose to hold Mr B’s radish. Things got complicated when we discussed further. When should Ms A dropped Mr C’s radish if she found out that his radish is not what she is looking for? Before she found a new radish or after? Jane said it depends on how bad or rotten Mr C’s radish was. Hahaha…
I can sense that this theory may have a lot of loopholes and would definitely need some fine-tuning in the future. Till then, go figure what this carrot and radish theory is all about.