Apparently some science geek was having a bad day at work when they came up with two very specific studies which insidiously undermine any sort of personal accomplishment.
Not sure exactly what else to take from these two articles below…
Being super creative…
[via Scientific American] [...]In a recent paper published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researchers at Harvard and Duke Universities demonstrate that creativity can lead people to behave unethically. In five studies, the authors show that creative individuals are more likely to be dishonest, and that individuals induced to think creatively were more likely to be dishonest. Importantly, they showed that this effect is not explained by any tendency for creative people to be more intelligent, but rather that creativity leads people to more easily come up with justifications for their unscrupulous actions.
In one study, the authors administered a survey to employees at an advertising agency. The survey asked the employees how likely they were to engage in various kinds of unethical behaviors, such as taking office supplies home or inflating business expense reports. The employees were also asked to report how much creativity was required for their job. Further, the authors asked the executives of the company to provide creativity ratings for each department within the company.
Those who said that their jobs required more creativity also tended to self-report a greater likelihood of unethical behavior. And if the executives said that a particular department required more creativity, the individuals in that department tended to report greater likelihoods of unethical behavior.
The authors hypothesized that it is creativity which causes unethical behavior by allowing people the means to justify their misdeeds, but it is hard to say for certain whether this is correct given the correlational nature of the study. It could just as easily be true, after all, that unethical behavior leads people to be more creative, or that there is something else which causes both creativity and dishonesty, such as intelligence. [Read More]
And successful to the point your lifestyle reflects all your hard work?
Are apparently bad…
Bad ways to be.
Because chances are if who you are reflects ANY SORT of personal accomplishments?
You you just suck as a human being.
[via World-Science.net] Upper-class folk have a higher propensity for unethical behavior, new research has found, and it’s largely because they believe—as did the movie character Gordon Gekko—that “greed is good.”
One part of the research suggested that if stimulated with thoughts about the advantages of greed, lower-class people can become just as unprincipled as the wealthy.In seven studies, researchers from the University of California at Berkeley found that upper-class participants were more likely to lie and cheat when gambling or negotiating; cut people off when driving; and endorse unethical workplace behavior. The studies were conducted on the university campus, in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationwide.“The increased unethical tendencies of upper-class individuals are driven, in part, by their more favorable attitudes toward greed,” said Paul Piff, a doctoral student in psychology at the university and lead author of a report on the findings published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Our research – and that by others – helps shed light on the role of inequality in shaping patterns of ethical conduct and selfish behavior, and points to certain ways in which these patterns might also be changed.” [Read More]
At least according to science.
Lesson Learned: So its better to be an unimganitive, less intelligent failure?
That can’t be right.
Jeez, talk about a logic fallacy!