Study finds sucking up to the boss results in mental depletion
TIME TO UNPUCKER THOSE LIPS.
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.