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6 Ways You Could Be Kidding Yourself In Your Career

J.T. O’Donnell | CAREEREALISM.com


Basking in Reflected Glory

This is my favorite self deception tool because it explains why we are drawn to those with great amounts of professional success. Sommers explains, “People are social animals. We spend much of our lives seeking out and managing bonds with others. It should come as no surprise, then, that when we’re trying to feel good about ourselves, we frequently call to mind our more illustrious associations, basking in their reflected glory.

In common language, we like to brag about our association with winners. So true! Why is it that people love to share their conversations with higher-ups as a way to up their own worth? Better still, why do we gladly take credit for our associations with successful projects at work, but tend to downplay our involvement in those that failed?

QUESTION: Who or what do you like to brag about as a way to improve your professional credibility?

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