This Is Why You Feel Dirty After A Bad Day At The Office

In the 1999 cult comedy “Office Space,” dissatisfied office drone Peter Gibbons spends his days bored out of his mind, working for a boss he loathes doing work he doesn’t care about. To make matters worse, he then goes home to a loveless relationship with a girlfriend who cheats on him. Through it all, he bites his tongue, never expressing his true feelings about that useless TPS report coversheet or the unfairness of the weekend work schedule.

It isn’t until he attends a hypnotherapy session, however, that he unlocks the key to doing and saying everything he’s ever wanted to do and say: He ditches the girlfriend, doesn’t show up for assignments and unleashes the truth on a pair of corporate downsizers looking to learn the truth about the company’s dysfunction. He also lets out a little aggression on some malfunctioning office equipment.

In a twist, being true to himself lands Peter on the management track, helps him snag a new love interest and then eventually — after a little embezzlement detour — leads him to a new job that helps him live a more authentic life.

Unlike in the movie, none of these nice things are likely to befall you should you, too, throw up your hands and let your boss and co-workers know what’s really on your mind. But you might be able to forestall some of the misery that Peter experienced simply by revealing more of your true colors, according to a recent study from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Feeling inauthentic is not a fleeting or cursory phenomenon — it cuts to the very essence of what it means to be a moral person.

Past research has shown that a certain degree of inauthenticity — what —> Read More