We Don’t Gradually Glide Into Corrupt Behavior—We Jump Head First

Tom Jacobs: “It is widely believed that losing one’s moral compass is a gradual process. Breaking a small ethical rule gives us license to break a larger one, and then a still larger one, until unethical behavior gradually feels normal.”

“But newly published research asserts this ‘intuitively compelling notion’ is inaccurate. In four experiments, participants were more likely to engage in large-scale unethical behavior if the opportunity came out of the blue, rather than after they had previously given in to minor temptations.”

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