Dishonesty can have a long term effect on our ability to interact with others

October 21, 2019

Researchers Julia Lee, a core faculty member, as well as faculty affiliate Ashley Hardin, and their colleagues Bidhan Parmar of Darden School of Business, and Francesca Gino of Harvard Business School found that those who engaged in deceit were less accurate at judging the emotions of others.

They explained their research in the article “How dishonesty drains you” they wrote for Scientific American. They discovered that small acts of dishonest behavior, or white lies, that may seem harmless or trivial, can actually hurt a person’s ability to interact with peers.

Results of these studies also suggest that those who engage in dishonest behavior, distance themselves from others, which allows them to continue to tell lies, leading them down the path of consistent unethical behavior.