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The article in Reader’s Digest listed every rationales that people use to cheat.

The creativity defense: researchers found that the more “creative” a worker was, the more likely they would be to cheat or steal and justify it.

Events for Children at ChurchThe status defense: those with more power, or more office space that denotes that power, have a greater sense of right to steal and cheat.

The bonding defense: if you are part of a group (“tribe” is the term used here) that cheats or steals… you are more likely to do so.

The level playing field defense: if a person feels that another person is a cheater or obtains advantages unfairly, then that person feels it is only fair that they “level the field” by cheat or steal from that “wrongdoer”.

 The domino effect. Over time minor infractions grow into larger ones. Rule breaking worsens over time. “Kids who cheat on high school exams are 3 times as likely in adulthood to a customer or inflate an insurance claim compared with non-cheaters”, according to the Josephson Institute.

 Solutions:

o Keep yourself fed and well-rested. We’re likelier to lapse when hungry or tired.

o When people sign an ethics pledge at the beginning rather than the end of tax forms or job applications – before there’s an opportunity to cheat – they are significantly less likely to be dishonest.

o The same goes when asked to recall the 10 Commandments before a test, which Dan Ariely (behavioral economist at Duke University) found works even among the nonreligious.