Dishonesty is ubiquitous in our world. The news is frequently filled with high-profile
cases of corporate fraud, large-scale corruption, lying politicians, and the hypocrisy of
public figures. On a smaller scale, ordinary people often cheat, lie, misreport their
taxes, and mislead others in their daily life. Despite such prevalence of cheating,
corruption, and concealment, people typically consider themselves to be honest, and
often believe themselves to be more moral than most others. This book aims to
resolve this paradox by addressing the question of why people are dishonest all too
often. What motivates dishonesty, and how are people able to perceive themselves
as moral despite their dishonest behaviour? What personality and interpersonal
factors make dishonesty more likely? And what can be done to recognize and reduce
dishonesty? This is a fascinating overview of state-of-the-art research on dishonesty,
with prominent scholars offering their views to clarify the roots of dishonesty.
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