A student learned a lesson in love from his university professor when he needed help asking a girl on a date.
Jake Moreno, 22, asked Shannon Atkinson, a philosophy in religion professor at Salt Lake Community College in Utah, to assist him in drafting a text to his crush, Buzzfeed News reports.
"Jacob approached me after class wondering if the triangle and Aristotelian Rhetoric could be used to ask a woman on a date and I was intrigued, thus my help," Atkinson said. "Honestly, Jacob was the brains behind the whole thing; my part was only in helping him form the 'wording' of the text so he didn’t come off too strong."
The rhetorical triangle is a method created by Aristotle to appeal to a person's emotions. It consists of three persuasive strategies one should use when communicating.
The three points are ethos, logos and pathos, which represent speaker credibility and trust (appeal to character), reality, logic and proof (appeal to reason), and listener emotions and values (appeal to emotions) respectively.
"My only real input into this whole thing was having him really appeal to the pathos part of the triangle and be sensitive and cognizant of the ‘details’ of her life situation, as often in rhetoric of this type that is what is going to put him over the top, so to speak," Atkinson said.
Describing himself as having "zero skills" when talking to the opposite sex, Moreno readily listened to his professor's input.