New study: People can get "high" on lies and cheating

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 10:18am

New information shows that some people, get a little mood boost when we don't play fair. A new study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Phsycology concludes that at least in the short term, being deceitful brings delight.

The researchers gave participants the opportunity to cheat on things like word games and puzzles. Some were offered money in exchange for cheating. Up to half ended up cheating and most of the participants said they felt better afterwards than those who were honest.

The new research contradicts other studies which had previously shown that doing something dishonest makes people feel bad about themselves. The researchers say the difference could be that this study only looked at the immediate effects of cheating. They believe perhaps that cheating creates what they dub a "short lived euphoria," that may over time turn into guilt.

The research also shows the high you get by cheating, could prompt more cheating. It's what the researchers call a "vicious cycle of increasing dishonesty."


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