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 Research shows that revealing your true character is good for one's well-being, bad for one's career. (iStock)Expressing your true self may be a surefire way to win friends outside the office, but a new study says fake is better if you're looking to climb the corporate ladder.

Scientists from the University of Greenwich in London, England, studied levels of "authentic self expression" in 533 volunteers to see how opening up socially might be related to a person's happiness and success.

They found that participants who opened up the most around their partners tended to have a greater well being, but that the same could not be said for those who opened up in the workplace.

"You hear self-help gurus say that the secret of happiness is 'being yourself' or 'expressing your true feelings,' but that doesn't seem to apply in the workplace," said study co-author Dr Oliver Robinson at London's annual meeting of the British Psychological Society. "In some circumstances, it may be that a polite smile or tactfully keeping quiet may be more conducive to your well-being than saying what you actually think and feel to work colleagues."

The results of the study showed participants were most likely to "be themselves" with partners, followed by friends and then parents. Work colleagues ranked lowest on the list of groups with which volunteers were willing to be authentic.

Do you act like your true self at the office, or do you have a "workplace persona"? What are the major differences between the two?

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