Being Better but Not Smarter than Others: The Muhammad Ali Effect at Work in Iterpersonal Situations

  title={Being Better but Not Smarter than Others: The Muhammad Ali Effect at Work in Iterpersonal Situations},
  author={Paul A.M. Van Lange},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  • P. V. Lange
  • Published 1 December 1991
  • Psychology
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
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