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Crying at work could damage your career, study suggests

If you've ever cried at work, you may want to hold back the tears. Researchers say crying on the job may hurt your credibility, and even damage your career. The studies by Dutch researcher Niels van de Ven suggest crying at work changes the way a person is perceived by colleagues. "What we see is that someone who cries is seen as warmer, but also as less competent," says van de Ven on the Canadian radio station CBC.

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Read the study: Niels van de Ven1, Maartje H. J. Meijs and Ad Vingerhoets, What emotional tears convey: Tearful individuals are seen as warmer, but also as less competent