When a new coworker joins the team, it's not always easy to figure them out right off the bat, and how they fit into the company's dynamic.
When someone new strikes a conversation, and you're unsure about how you feel, just asking one simple question can help you learn something huge about their personality. The one-liner that could save you hours of getting to know someone? Ask the person what he or she thinks of someone else. At work, asking "what do you think of [insert boss's name here]? can instantly reveal a lot about someone's character.
According to a study from Wake Forest University, "how positively a person you're getting to know sees other people has been linked to how happy, kindhearted, and emotionally stable that person is."
"Your perceptions of others reveal so much about your own personality. Seeing others positively reveals our own positive traits," explains Dustin Wood, who is the lead author of the study.
If you're wondering how asking someone what they think of another person reveals a major character trait here's the answer: "people tend to see more of their own qualities in others."
Wood explains: "A huge suite of negative personality traits are associated with viewing others negatively. The simple tendency to see people negatively indicates a greater likelihood of depression and various personality disorders."
So next time you need to quickly suss someone out...you know what to do!