Perception Of No Free Will On Cheating And Lying

2447 Words Sep 25th, 2014 10 Pages
The influence of perception of no free will on cheating and lying in collectivist and individualist cultures

Kelly Muldoon

Tutorial: Wednesday (1) 9am
Trends in Personality and Social Psychology PSYC30022
Due date: Friday 26th September, 2014 8am
Word count: 1725 (not including references)

The notion of people having a free will, or the ability to consciously determine ones own actions, to regulate oneself, have control of ones mind, make choices and live ones life through unrestricted personal prerogative, is generally accepted by people as a given (Gray, Gray & Wegner, 2007; Pronin, Kugler, 2010). People may feel as if they are in control, but many different studies have questioned one’s ability to muster truly instinctive choices or make any kind of conscious decision at all, without other influences surreptitiously directing the results (Baer, Kaufman, Baumeister, 2008; Bargh, 2008).
Free will is a voluntary act of one’s own that arises internally, not in reaction to an external cue or impetus, and without external restraint or imposition that initiates or controls execution of the act. Critically, it must be felt, internally, to be of one’s own volition to be started or not, as one decides (Lisbet, 1985). Psychologists have found evidence that people not only have an inability to control their own thoughts (Wegner, Schneider, Carter & White, 1987), feelings and mood (Wegner, Erber & Zanakos, 1993), they also have an inability to explain…
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