When sharing hurts: How and why self-disclosing weakness undermines the task-oriented relationships of higher status disclosers

@inproceedings{Gibson2018WhenSH,
  title={When sharing hurts: How and why self-disclosing weakness undermines the task-oriented relationships of higher status disclosers},
  author={Kerry Roberts Gibson and Dana Harari and Jennifer Carson Marr},
  year={2018}
}
It is generally believed that self-disclosure has positive effects, particularly for relationships; however, we predict and find negative effects in the context of task-oriented relationships. Across three laboratory experiments, we find that both task-relevant (Study 1) and task-irrelevant (Studies 2 and 3) weakness disclosures, made by a higher (versus peer) status coworker during an interdependent task, negatively affected the receiver’s perception of the discloser’s status and consequently… CONTINUE READING

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