How Self Deprecation Sabotages You

Episode 9

are you poking fun at yourself?

Today we are going to talk about why you should think twice about poking fun at yourself, especially in the workplace. 


Poking fun at yourself, or self-deprecation is a behaviour that harms your ability to make a good impression, especially if you are making jokes about your intelligence, skills or even appearance. 

If you want to get better at impression management, AKA your ability to make people like, admire and value you, it’s time to remove self put-downs.
Today’s Little Shot will tell you why.

The Little Shot is here to build your communication in lots of little shots until you become a Big Shot communicator (in the nicest possible way), so I hope you find this episode affirming.


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How Self Deprecation Sabotages You

Episode 8

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Have you got a girlfriend, team member or best friend who needs to stop self-deprecating? 

Why not share today’s Little Shot.

Remember, how you talk about yourself directly impacts your ability to form strong impression.

Ciao for now!


Now for our weekly question. 


Bitterly, B. & Woods, A. (2020, July- August) Sarcasm, Self-Deprecation, and Inside Jokes: A User’s Guide to Humor at Work. Harvard Business Review, https://hbr.org/2020/07/sarcasm-self-deprecation-and-inside-jokes-a-users-guide-to-humor-at-work 


Dunn, J., Ruedy, N., & Schweitzer (2012) It hurts both ways: How social comparisons harm affective and cognitive trust. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 117(1), 2 – 14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.obhdp.2011.08.001


Owens, T.J. (1993) Accentuate the positive-and the negative: Rethinking the use of self-esteem, self-deprecation, and self-confidence. Social Psychology Quarterly, 288-299.


Michael O’Donnell, Minah Jung, and Clayton Critcher (2016) ,”The Potential Benefits and Pitfalls of Poking Fun At Yourself: Self-Deprecating Humor As Impression Management”, in NA – Advances in Consumer Research Volume 44, eds. Page Moreau and Stefano Puntoni, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 201-206. https://www.acrwebsite.org/volumes/1022568/volumes/v44/NA-44


Ziv, A. (1984) Personality and sense of humor, Springer Pub Co.

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