In Hard Times, Pride Can Keep You Afloat

Can help you function better and raise you in others' eyes
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 7, 2009 11:00 AM CDT
Keeping a working routine even when you're out of a job can provide a boost, experts say.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Swallowing your pride might not be so healthy—especially in times like these, psychologists say. While the emotion historically hasn’t meant much to psychologists, new studies are showing that pride can help us function and improve how others perceive us, the New York Times reports. “It’s the strongest status signal we know of among the emotions,” said a researcher.

That means it may be helpful to maintain a working routine even if you have no work, experts say. “I have a new client, a laid-off lawyer, who’s commuting in every day—to his Starbucks,” where he meets colleagues and networks, notes one. “I have encouraged him to keep his routine.” Studies also found that prouder subjects were more dominant, likable, and motivated in tasks before them.