The Honest Truth Of Dishonesty

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The Honest Truth
Introduction
The importance of individual honesty and trustworthiness has long been asserted as a characteristic of the morally noble and pure of heart. Since the early 14th century honesty has played an integral role in establishing credibility among colleagues, strengthening lawful legal systems, and classifying actions as morally acceptable or unacceptable. In recent years the idea of honesty has taken an abrupt halt and shifted towards the concept of dishonesty, a constantly growing enterprise formulated on incentives and misguided logic. This is the belief that a person’s behavior is deceitful or fraudulent, and is often misconstrued as a trait of swindlers and the morally corrupt. However, dishonesty is a natural occurrence seen in every age, location, and culture and should be acknowledged as a defense mechanism seen in every individual.
The Concept of Dishonesty
The notion of dishonesty derived from three basic elements: (1) personal gain; (2) the probability of getting caught; and (3) punishment (Ariely 14). Recent studies from applied psychologists, such as Kang Lee, state that only after considering these key points does a person wallow in the act of deception. An example of this can be seen in Dan Ariely’s Coke verses cash experiment. In this experiment, six- packs of Coca Cola were placed in a dormitory refrigerator with a plate of one dollar bills. Within seventy-two hours they found all of the cokes were gone albeit none of the money was…
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