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Boring people: Stereotype characteristics, interpersonal attributions, and social reactions

Van Tilburg, Wijnand and Igou, Eric and Panjwani, Mehr (2022) 'Boring people: Stereotype characteristics, interpersonal attributions, and social reactions.' Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 014616722210791-014616722210791. ISSN 0146-1672 (In Press)

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Abstract

Unfortunately, some people are perceived as boring. Despite the potential relevance that these perceptions might have in everyday life, the underlying psychological processes and consequences of perceiving a person as ‘boring’ have been largely unexplored. We examined the stereotypical features of boring others by having people generate (Study 1) and then rate (Study 2) these. We focused on occupations (e.g., data analytics, taxation, accounting), hobbies (e.g., sleeping, religion, watching TV), and personal characteristics (e.g., lacking humor and opinions, being negative) that people ascribed to stereotypically boring others. Experiments then showed that those who were ascribed boring characteristics were seen as lacking interpersonal warmth and competence (Study 3), were socially avoided (Study 4), and enduring their company required compensation (Study 5). These results suggest that being stereotyped as a bore may come with substantially negative interpersonal consequences.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: boredom; warmth; competence; stereotype; person perception
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2022 21:24
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 10:49
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/32109

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