Study finds suck­ing up to the boss re­sults in men­tal de­ple­tion

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The au­thors of a new study pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Ap­plied Psy­chol­ogy say that peo­ple who suck up to oth­ers, es­pe­cially the boss, are faced with what is called the “in­gra­tia­tor’s dilemma”. Ac­cord­ing to An­thony Klotz and Lawrence Hous­ton III — both as­sis­tant pro­fes­sors at Ore­gon State Uni­ver­sity — in­gra­tia­tors tend to show higher lev­els of men­tal de­ple­tion at the end of a day as com­pared to self-pro­mot­ers. The pair in­ves­ti­gated how con­stant suck­ing up can take a men­tal toll and found that hav­ing to con­stantly ap­pear out­wardly sin­cere when, in fact, you’re fak­ing it, can put a stress on cog­ni­tive func­tion and emo­tional re­sources. So un­less you’re darn good at ma­nip­u­lat­ing peo­ple, kiss­ing arse will likely be detri­men­tal to your ca­reer.

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