What we say about other people could actually say much more about ourselves. Researchers at Wake Forest University in North Carolina studied friends rating one another, first-year students rating others they knew in their dormitories and fraternity and sorority members rating others in their organization. They found that those who judged others most positively were themselves described as enthusiastic, happy, kind-hearted, courteous and emotionally-stable whereas those with negative perceptions of others had higher levels of narcissism and anti-social behaviour. The students were tested again one year later and how people rated others was found to be a highly stable trait that did not change substantially over time.
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