Spontaneous trait transference is a happening in which individuals are perceived as owning a trait they explain in others. Telling others your mathematics professor is idle will make them infer that you’re lazy. This works the other way also — describing positive features about your friend might ascribe you those characteristics also.

Several experiments demonstrated that individuals will associate character traits to communicators mindlessly without plausible honest. They also have a poor recollection of if the trainee was describing themselves or somebody else at a dialogue.

So be cautious when gossiping about a co-worker, lest you be viewed as exactly what you describe. And should you would like to look more charming, maybe you may add that phrase into your vocabulary when speaking about others.

As the old expression goes,”If you can not say anything nice, do not say anything at all”.

Skowronski, J. J., Carlston, D. E., Mae, L., & Crawford, M. T. (1998). Spontaneous Trait Transference: Communicators Take about the Qualities They predominate Others. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 74(4), 837-848.