The Slippery Slope of Dishonesty


A fascinating series of computer-based experiments on 55 participants discovered that with each successive lie, MRI evidence showed progressively decreasing activity in the amygdala. This decreasing emotional response illustrated that small acts of dishonesty tend to become ever more blatant and less disturbing. An early health reformer once stated: "One wrong act prepares the way for another." (Child Guidance 202). So true!

PositiveTip: Remember: unethical behaviors tend to escalate. We must stay on the path of honesty.