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Prof. Colleen O’Brien presents at the Work, Stress, and Health conference

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November 07, 2019

Professor Colleen O’Brien presented a poster entitled “Role Overload and Counterproductive Work Behavior: On the Role of Narcissism and Emotional Intelligence” at the American Psychological Association’s Work, Stress, and Health conference in Philadelphia, Penn. This conference brings together leading scientists and practitioners from around the world to explore the ever-changing nature of work and the implications for the health, safety, and well-being of workers.

Prof. O’Brien’s study shows that role overload plays an important part in determining whether narcissistic individuals who exhibit the ability to control one’s emotions and to experience positive emotions strategically determine when to engage in counterproductive work behavior or withdraw from counterproductive work behavior based on the extent of role overload. Her research reveals that positive emotions can prevent counterproductive work behavior when one adequately maintains an average level of manipulation in the context of low role overload.

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