Hungry for a Raise? New Research Shows Connection Between Hunger & Entitlement

Brown_Bag_LunchIf you’re hungry for a promotion, raise or project you’re negotiating, new research suggests skipping lunch.

Apparently people who are physically hungry are more likely to feel entitled. In turn, this mental hunger of entitlement can fuel confidence.

Emily Zitek, author of the study and professor at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, told The Wall Street Journal there is a fine line. Consider this: Feeling entitled too much can create strife at the office. Plus, completely famished colleagues may be less likely to work together in a collaborative setting and more likely to “annoy everyone with comments about what they deserve.”

Back to the experiment — two studies tested the relationship to examine the correlation between satiation and entitlement. More than 100 Cornell undergraduate students were surveyed as they entered or exited a dining hall. Students on their way in reported more entitlement and were more likely to agree to statements like, “Things should go my way.” In addition, they were less likely to do a favor with researchers and complete an additional survey compared to folks who had already eaten lunch.

In the second experiment, students were shown a lab room demonstrating a frozen pizza cooking in a toaster oven. Other students weren’t exposed to the smell of food. Researchers concluded that people who smelled pizza felt more entitled than students who hadn’t been exposed to the smell.

Researchers concluded that hunger is a “self-focused” state of mind. Zitek stated, “Their priority is to do things to make themselves feel better. Once they’ve satisfied that need they can turn to other needs, like social connections.”

Keep in mind entitlement can vary by individual as well as the time of day depending on someone’s thoughts, experiences and in this case, food intake.

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