Being A Jerk May Not Be Your Fault
Rudeness can actually be contagious. Is there a way to stop bad attitudes from spreading?
Catching rudeness is like catching a cold: The contagion effects of low-intensity negative behaviors. (APA)
"Specifically, we show that rudeness activates a semantic network of related concepts in individuals' minds, and that this activation influences individual's hostile behaviors."
'Rudeness is contagious': How your attitude could hurt your co-workers (Today)
"Workplace rudeness hurts performance and creativity and makes workers less helpful, Foulk said. While earlier studies have focused on more severe but less common abusive workplace behavior, rudeness is something workers face daily, he said, and he wanted to further study its consequences."