Well, there you have it: America’s sweetheart Hannah Beast chose to give Jed the final rose, he proposed, and they’ll assumedly live happily ever after. We were left in suspense after the first half of the finale gave us a new vision for “windmills” (and spawned a thousand tweets about dog food jingles) but failed to crown a winner. Hannah and Jed appear happy together, but who knows where things will end up after all that's happened this season. Would anybody be surprised if next week’s tabloids had pictures of Peter and Hannah snuggled up?
But for now, Hannah has given her heart to Jed. Did Hannah’s decision come as a shock to you? Well, if you read the first article in this series, it shouldn’t have been too shocking that Jed won, as he did the best job of appealing to Hannah’s Optimistic Achievement mindstate throughout the season. This made him more appealing to Hannah on a psychological level and ultimately earned him the final rose.
For those who missed the first article or are new to this concept, a mindstate is a temporary state of mind that finds us under high emotional arousal, relying more on subconscious factors, and therefore more susceptible to influence. We previously discussed how, given her background, Hannah is driven by the achievement motivation, which I define as “the feeling of being successful, victorious, and proud by overcoming obstacles.” How she approaches her goals (her regulatory approach) is with an optimistic focus, meaning she’s not afraid to take big risks to get what she wants.
I want to take a look at how Jed appealed to Hannah’s specific subconscious mindstate throughout the season, but first, we need to talk about Luke P. How did a guy who is so clearly unhinged manage to stick around for as long as he did, even coming back from elimination? Let’s dig into it.