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What your view of others says about you

As the old saying goes, “When you point your finger at someone, three fingers are pointing back at you.” Now, here’s the proof.

A new study, co-authored by Peter Harms of UNL’s College of Business Administration, shows that a person’s tendency to describe others in positive terms is an important indicator of the positivity of the person’s own personality traits and their emotional stability. On the other hand, the study finds, negative perceptions of others are linked to higher levels of narcissism and anti-social behavior.

The study, which was published in July’s edition of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, has been spreading steadily this week. Here are a few different versions of the story and the different approaches writers around the country (and globe) are taking on its findings.

For the record, the national media has made no references to Andy Kaufman’s take on this song yet. But we remain hopeful.

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