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When It Pays to Count Cash

Ask any career coach, interviewer, friend, or even stylist, and they'll tell you confidence is the number one thing that will give you an edge and make you stand out. Traditionally, confidence before an interview comes from thorough preparation, conviction that you have what it takes, and an outfit that makes you look the part, but a recent study suggests you might want to add a step to your pre-interview checklist.

According to a new study published in the journal Psychological Science, counting cash "can reduce emotional and physical pain as well as increase feelings of internal strength, fearlessness and confidence." One of the study's authors, Roy Baumeister of Florida State University, translated the study's conclusions into real life application and said, "It might be handy to sit down and count a stack of money before going out to the job interview."

I wonder if flipping through a wad of Monopoly cash would have the same effect. What do you think of Baumeister's recommendation?

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mguy414 mguy414 8 years
Oooh does someone loan you a stack of cash to count? Because I think I would be depressed if I counted my "stack" of cash!
magickalrealism magickalrealism 8 years
The psychiatrist you went to will have the stack of YOUR cash to count. I'm sure said psychiatrist finds that very reassuring.
mek123 mek123 8 years
A study about counting cash, someone had too much time and money on their hands. As a former bank teller, I don't find counting money relaxing at all.
Peggasus Peggasus 8 years
I think psychologists can make a study of pretty much anything. What say, for instance, you don't have a job and so are broke and that's why you're going to the interview and don't have any money to count? What then? Can you count someone else's money? And then wouldn't that make you feel worse than you did before? (I love messing with psychologists. I have a few friends who are some.)
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