By Tom Z
10:13 AM EDT, August 23, 2012
Many adults will tell you, jerks often get their way. Whoever yells the loudest, whines the most, or steps over everyone else will often achieve their goals in life. It’s a great lesson for all you kids out there. Now, thanks to the Wall Street Journal, we may have uncovered the reason for these jerks’ success. Forbes.com explains:
In other words, overconfident people are perceived as having more social status, and social status is golden.
And so it is with rudeness, because while most of us deplore it, research suggests that we also see it as a sign of power. A study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science indicated that the ruder someone acts, the more convinced observers become that he or she is powerful, and therefore does not have to respect the same rules the rest of us bow to.
So people who act like jerks give off an aura of status, and since perception often becomes reality, these jerks thus attain the high status they so desire. And that's why being a jerk pays off. Interesting. On a related note, GET ME A COFFEE, BITCH!
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