Paranoiacs Get to the Top

Professor Niels Van Quaquebeke, KLU

Paranoia helps people climb the professional ladder. This is what Dr. Niels Van Quaquebeke, a professor at Kühne Logistics University (KLU) in Hamburg, finds support for in a recent study. High levels of distrust of others goes hand in hand with the constant awareness of potentially disadvantageous situations, helping paranoid people to ascend the corporate ladder faster.

The article Paranoia as an Antecedent and Consequence of Getting Ahead in Organizations: Time-Lagged Effects Between Paranoid Cognitions, Self-Monitoring, and Changes in Span of Control was published in Frontiers in Psychology, one of the most widely cited scientific journals of psychology.

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