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The One Secret Principle to Figure Out Who to Trust in Life and Workplace.

When it comes to winning in sports, relationships, business, and life in general–trust is an integral factor. After all, no one succeeds alone. It takes a village to accomplish a worthy feat. With that said, when it comes to determining the trustworthiness levels of individuals, many metrics in the past have been used as a barometer. Age, facial shape, and body movements are a few of the many metrics used in the past. According to a recent 2018 paper published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, trustworthiness came down to levels of guilt proneness.

WHAT IS GUILT PRONENESS?

Guilt proneness is the ability to anticipate bad feelings prior to doing something bad. So you’ll do the right thing even if no one is watching. Simply put, the higher the levels of guilt-proneness, the more trustworthy the individual is likely to be.

WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA?

People with higher levels of guilt proneness were, unsurprisingly, more likely to walk the moral and ethical straight and narrow, even if they weren’t being observed or going to get caught. Hence, these are the “nice folks” that the researchers suggest you want in your life and workplace.

SO, HOW GUILT- PRONE ARE YOU?

An empowered mindset equipped for positive action. At the end of the day, guilt is a feeling that is neither good nor bad by default. Instead, they become good or bad due to the perspective we label them with. Though, guilt is a negative force when the energy generated from it is directed toward something that neither improves the situation nor yourself. On the other end of the spectrum, guilt is a positive force when it’s directed toward improving the situation or past mistake or helping you grow as an individual. Healthy guilt results in you taking personal responsibility for your actions and holding yourself accountable.

HOW TO USE GUILT IN A POSITIVE MANNER IN LIFE AND WORKPLACE?

Firstly, recognize and resolve the source of the guilt as soon as possible so it doesn’t compound. Not settling the conflict is how things get out of hand. You can also simply own up to the mistake and finish the project along with extracting lessons from it so you don’t repeat the same mistake. Lastly, take a big picture view of the situation, so you can see all angles and perspectives at play. In conclusion, guilt operating under the right set of energy can make you more generous, productive, and valuable in the long run.  
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