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Why Even the Most Honest People Lie and Cheat

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Even Honest People Break the Rules

There are serial liars. These people are considered to have a psychological problem which explains their behavior. Such behavior may have rooted from past experiences. It is understandable for these people to lie or cheat.

But did you know that even the most honest people also lie and cheat? There must be a very good reason behind such behavior. And it’s definitely not behavioral or psychological.

Experts say that cheating or lying may be caused by environmental or situational factors more than behavioral when honest people lie.

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That’s because environment—not any intrinsic personality trait—abets rule breaking, argues Andy Yap, a behavioral scientist. Yap and his colleagues asked volunteers to sit in an SUV-size driver’s seat versus a cramped one or an executive-size office space versus a cubicle and then tested their responses to various moral scenarios. In roomier settings, people reported feeling more powerful and were likelier to steal money, cheat on a test, and commit traffic violations in a driving simulation.

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