E ighty years ago, researchers began one of the longest and most complicated projects to understand human behavior in history. It would take almost 50 years to complete. But their work would define an entire field of psychology. It was the idea of personality.
How to Identify Assholes with this Simple Formula
United Nation Fights the 'Asshole Factor' - The Atlantic
Find them before they friend you. My company has a No Asshole policy. When i applied, displayed on their website was the policy as part of their core values. So during my interview, i brought up the policy. It got me thinking about what it takes to be an asshole. Is it an attitude? Is it environmental?
The Asshole Factor
This article is from the archive of our partner. In this time of great partisan fighting, of a seemingly intractable national divide, there is one arena in which we are seeing a great breakthrough in national unity and respect for our fellow man: Leaders inside and outside government, on both the right and the left, are publicly saying they refuse to work with "assholes. Lynn Westmoreland explained in a refreshingly frank manner to Roll Call that House Speaker John Boehner purged several conservative lawmakers from their committee assignments not because they were conservative, but because of the "asshole factor. It had to do with your ability to work within the system and to try to work. And to be, I guess, constructive in things.
My father always told me to avoid assholes at all costs, no matter how rich or powerful they might be, because I would catch their nastiness and impose it on others. I worked in an academic department at Stanford where we openly talked about the no asshole rule and used it in hiring decisions. I had published other articles in HBR , longer and more well-researched ones, but nothing had provoked such a strong response. The first example was the most common, and it reflected the pain that people feel when they are treated terribly, whether they are models, engineers, or CEOs who feel abused by their boards. And when I have done such damage to people indeed, all of us are capable of being assholes some of the time , that is what I call myself.