Latin Phrase: Status quo
Special summer series on Latin phrases! While many of Latin words are still used in today’s English-speaking academia, not many opportunities are given for international students to learn those useful expressions thoroughly. For this summer, ISO Culture Thursday will introduce some basic Latin words every week.
In psychology, “status quo bias” means people’s preference for the current state of affairs. According to this theory, the current state, “status quo,” is regarded as a reference point and people perceive any changes from that state as a loss. Like this, “status quo (literally ‘the state in which’ in Latin)” is a latin phrase that is commonly used to indicate the same situation without changes. For example, if you are a truck driver, it may be your interests to maintain the status quo regarding the introduction of self-driving cars.