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Why You Likely Lie and Cheat a Little and What Changes That

Why You Likely Lie and Cheat a Little and What Changes That

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  • Intriguing new research revealed that virtually everyone has the capacity to lie sometimes, but very few people cheat to the maximum degree
  • Little incentives trigger more dishonesty than a sizeable cash reward, and people were more likely to cheat when they knew others were engaging in the same behavior
  • While people want to maximize their own reward, they also want to feel like they are a good person, which may explain why people are more likely to lie and cheat “only a little”
  • When it comes to making money, many industries throw ethics and integrity out the window; the more a company has to lose, the more they are going to lie
  • A reminder of a sound moral code was the only factor that made people stop cheating, so there’s a good chance products that come from morally sound businesses will also be held up to a superior level of quality

By Dr. Mercola

In evaluating the traits of a good leader, more than half of the respondents to a Pew Research poll said honesty was absolutely essential.


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