|By David DiSalvo|
|Wednesday, 22 August 2012 10:16|
AS much as we’d rather not admit it, jerks often get ahead in our world — usually at the expense of a lot of other people along the way. Psychological research over the past few years is revealing why.
As it turns out, acting like a jerk isn’t the secret to reaping the rewards of jerkiness. The real secret is simply letting others place you on a pedestal.
"In one of several related experiments, researchers had people take a geography quiz — first alone, then in pairs. The task involved placing cities on a map of North America unmarked by state or national borders. The participants rated themselves on their own abilities and rated each other, secretly, on a number of qualities.
In other words, overconfident people are perceived as having more social status, and social status is golden.