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Contagious Personality Traits - Be Aware to be Successful

Laziness in contagious - deal it with detail

Europe, April 3 (Uitv) - Researchers found that people not only pick up on other's attitudes toward three personality — laziness, impatience and prudence — but they may even start to imitate these behaviors, suggesting a strong social influence.

Prudence, impatience and laziness are personality traits that guide how people decide on something that involve risk, delaying an action and making an effort, said Jean Daunizeau, a team leader of the motivation, brain and behavior group at the Brain and Spine Institute (ICM) in Paris. 

In the study, the researchers recruited 56 healthy people. To measure the peoples' attitudes towards risk, delay and effort, they were given a series of tasks in which they were asked to choose between two alternatives.

The researchers found that after the participants observed the prudent, impatient or lazy attitudes of "others" on the task, their own choices about putting in effort, waiting during a delay or taking a risk drifted toward that of others.

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In other words, the participants started acting more like the computer-generated study participants.

But the study suggested that social influence can change people's attitudes about being prudent, impatient or lazy, even though participants were unaware that social influence was having this effect on them.

A second explanation is that people may think others possess some form of private information about how to best behave in a social context, Daunizeau said.

The researchers are applying this work to learn whether the attitude alignment observed in this study may differ in people with neuropsychiatric disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia.