Psssst! Did you hear …?

Do you know that people attribute what you say about others as your own characteristics? Yup. It’s official. In a series of studies reported in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, we become associated with the very traits we attribute to others. Moreover, those associations persist over time, even when there is no logical basis for them.

The implications are clear: to build effective working relationships, be careful what you say about others. Make your comments positive, not critical.

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One thought on “Psssst! Did you hear …?

  1. Agreed. Talk about others as if they are in the room with you. Venting about others can also make people feel worse, not better due to the impact of negative thinking.

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