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Can it be that the not-so-nice finish first?

Published: August 17, 2011 / Author: Ray Williams

There’s an expression that “nice guys finish last,” implying that not so nice guys finish first, or at least do better. Yet we don’t like to think or admit this, particularly when we think of our bosses or co-workers.

Some new research has tested this nice guy hypothesis, with somewhat surprising results. A recent study, “Do Nice Guys — and Gals — Really Finish Last,” by Beth Livingston of Cornell University in New York, Timothy Judge of the University of Notre Dame in Australia and Charlie Hurst of the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont., which will be published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, conclude that “nice guys are getting the shaft,” in the workplace.

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This story also appeared in Psychology Today.


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