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New research published in the Journal of Applied Psychology has found that being rude is contagious. Researchers tracked 90 graduate business school students and found that if they rated someone they interacted with a rude, they were also more likely to be judged as rude by someone else. The researcher also found that the reaction seemed to be more automatic and that the people did not much control over the spread of rude behavior. Lead author Trevor Foulk said that the research found the contagious effect took place in the subconscious part of the brain, so the subjects didn’t know it was happening and could not do much to stop it. He said the best solution was to make an effort not to rude in the first place and always try to communicate as clearly as possible. Foulk said, “Our results suggest that what is happening is that prior rudeness is biasing people’s interpretation of future events to towards rudeness. In order for a bias to have an effect, there must be ambiguity in a message. Messages that are completely clear won’t be subject to bias.”—Jim L. Wilson and by Jim Sandell

Workplace Rudeness Spreads Like a Virus, Study Finds, By Lindsey Murray,, Accessed August 17, 2015.

James 5:12 (NASB) “But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment.”

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