Archive for December, 2012

The role of envy in social undermining behaviour

Why do people think it’s okay to undermine others? Our mother’s used to tell us “never mind them dear, they’re just jealous of you.” It seems that there was some truth to that claim. In a recent study, Duffy, Scott, Shaw, Tepper, & Aquino (2012) found that when people feel envious of others, they are […]

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Can there be fairness in bullying?

What if your boss abuses not only you, but everyone else in your work group? Will that make you feel better or worse? It turns out you are likely to feel better (or at least less bad) than if your boss (or coworkers) abuses only you. Duffy et al. (2006) found that when a focal […]

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