Excellent analysis of factors causing people to be dishonest. Most people are opportunistic in their (dis)honesty. Removing the conditions that tempt dishonest behavior may be the best way to reduce dishonesty.
A very sad truth, we would cheat (a little) if we could do so, which can be best described
by the following story :
One percentage of people will always by honest and never steal, another one percentage will
always be dishonest and always try to pick your lock and steal your television. The rest
will be honest as long as the conditions are right – but if they are tempted enough, they
will be dishonest too. Locks won’t protect you from the thieves, who can get in your house
if they really want to. They will only protect you from the mostly honest people who might
be tempted to try your door if it had no lock
A Summary of the Forces That Shape Dishonesty
1. Ability to Rationalize
2. Conflicts of Interest
4. One Immoral Act
5. Being Depleted
6. Others Benefitting from Our Dishonesty
7. Watching Others Behave Dishonestly
8. Culture That Gives Examples of Dishonesty
1. Amount of Money to Be Gained
2. Probability of Being Caught
3. Moral Reminders
1. People are more apt to be dishonest in the presence of nonmonetary objects - such as
pencils and tokens - than actual money....Continua
A very interesting journal of our dishonesty.It reveals how easy we are tempted to cheat, even cheating ourselves!
To decrease dishonesty: supervision, moral reminders, pledge, signatures.
No effect: amount of gain, probability of being caught.
Increase dishonesty: ability to rationalize, conflict of interest, creativity, one immoral act, being depleted, altruism, watching others behave dishonesty, culture.
It is worth reading it!...Continua