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Forget playing fair, cheaters get a natural ‘high’ breaking the rules

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Forget playing fair, cheaters get a natural ‘high’ breaking the rules

By Suzannah Hills

PUBLISHED:20:11 EST, 7 August 2012| UPDATED:07:46 EST, 8 August 2012

Cheaters get a natural ‘high’ from breaking  the rules, a new study has found.

Far from feeling guilty about not playing  fair, dishonest people benefit from a ‘cheaters high’, researchers  claim.

The University of Washington, London Business  School, Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania have carried out a  series of studies into how cheaters perceive their actions.

Cheaters actually get a high from pulling off successful deceptions - maybe explaining why people get involved in financial scams even if they are already wealthyCheaters actually get a high from pulling off successful  deceptions – maybe explaining why people get involved in financial scams even if  they are already wealthy

The findings showed that the majority of  cheaters viewed their behaviour in a positive light.

Researchers led by Nicole Ruedy at the  University of Washington’s Foster School of Business asked subjects to predict  how they’d feel about cheating and then asked them how they felt after  completing tasks where they actually did cheat.

The studies showed that most people predicted  they’ll feel bad about cheating, but most felt good after doing it.

Taking advantage: Cheaters also admitted to feeling superior to their non-cheating associates (posed by models) Taking advantage: Cheaters also admitted to feeling  superior to their non-cheating associates (posed by models)

It suggests that the thrill of pulling off a  deception outweighs the negative feelings associated with immoral  behaviour.

The study could go some way to explain why  people get involved in financial scams when they are already very  wealthy.

The report states: ‘Our documented pattern of  results helps to explain otherwise puzzling unethical behavior, such as the  finding that people often cheat even for trivial sums of money.’

It added that cheaters, even when under  suspicion of breaking the rules, felt better off and smarter than their  non-cheating colleagues.

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