Why do we feel good about ourselves even when we do wrong?

Unethical behavior is an action that falls outside of what is considered morally right or proper for a person. Individuals can behave unethically.

This can be:

Lying to your spouse about how much money you spent.

Lying to your parents about where you were for the evening.

Stealing money from the cash drawer at work.

Lying on your resume in order to get a job.

Talking about a friend behind their back.

Taking credit for work you did not do.

Cheating on paperwork by copying it off the internet.

Taking money out of your friend’s wallet when they are sleeping.

Selling a house and not disclosing known problems to the buyers

Using your position of power at worm sexually harass someone.

Selling a car and lying about the vehicles accident history.

Most of us want to believe that we are morally upright people who act according to a strong sense of right and wrong. But when faced with temptations to derive persona, benefit by violating moral principles, people do not always take the high road. Lying, cheating and other harmful acts are more common than we think.

Researchers call these self-serving justifications, they can take place making it easier to do it. Other times they help people or do kind things for people thinking it justifies their unethical ways.

Believing this behavior with benefits others. Such as stealing money from a cash drawer thinking you could help someone else that is suffering but taking half the cash for yourself. Framing it as a act of kindness. Instead of unethical.

The idea that a good deed outways the unethical deed. Good deeds don’t let you off the hook for the unethical one’s.

Admitting to unethical wrongdoings can be constructive but sometimes people admit only to one part of what happened, rather than fully owning up to the wrongdoing.

Demonizing those who have done worse.

Judging others harshly for the same offense you are doing.