Showing that you’re stressed may make others like you more, psychologists say

If your job is making you stressed, speaking up about it may be a good idea.

Psychologists looked at the signs of stress and how these behaviours are perceived by others. 
People who showed higher levels of stress were deemed to be more likable by peers, the study found.
Being more open could give the impression you’re more cooperative, the researchers suggest. 

Who doesn’t want to be more likable? Popular people tend to be more trusted and have more friends.

In a workplace context that could mean better relationships with colleagues, and help you climb the corporate ladder. 

There are ways to boost your potential popularity, but being open about the fact you’re stressed is one you may not have thought of.

It’s well known that when we’re stressed we tend to do things like bite our fingernails or touch our faces.

As part of research published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, psychologists from Nottingham Trent and Portsmouth universities sought to investigate how these behaviours are perceived by others, and more importantly how they react.  

For the study 31 participants were given a short time to prepare for a three-minute presentation and mock interview. They were then asked to complete a difficult math test. Their reactions were filmed throughout. 

The researchers asked them to complete a questionnaire and collected samples of saliva to monitor their levels of cortisol — the chemical our bodies produce in response to stress. Unsurprisingly, some of the participants became stressed as a result. 

For the second part of the study, a separate group of 133 participants were shown a random sample of the recordings and were asked to rate how stressed they perceived the original volunteers to be based on their behavior. 

They were also asked to rate on a scale of one to 100 how much they liked the people shown …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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