What is the best sign that someone with whom you work is trustworthy or not?
This is exactly what new research in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology demonstrates, demonstrating that “guilt proneness,” or the propensity to feel guilty in the future, is a remarkably potent predictor of reliability. Guilt-proneness makes people avoid wrongdoing in the first place since it “captures the expectation of guilt over a transgression.” Although expecting guilt can be difficult, individuals who are prone to it should keep in mind that this attribute will probably keep them from breaking the law at work. Therefore, even though your meal may have been stolen, at least the robber wasn’t you. That will keep you fuller for much longer.