Cheaters lie purely for the buzz of succeeding with it, according to new research Psychologists have identified a “cheaters high” in cheaters that they get when they succeed on cheating somebody Cheaters get an “emotional high” of getting away with their cheating much more than for any financial reward, new research has found.
Psychologists and scientists from the University of Washington have identified a feeling they call “cheaters high” in people who have lied and cheated and got away with it.
The positive buzz and feeling that comes from this success counteracts the bad feelings they may have had about their bad behaviour and can sometimes even motivate people to take the risk of cheating when they don’t have to.
In tests volunteers were asked to take a series of tests where their emotional were measured Scientists found that even when performing tasks where there was no money to be made or obvious reason or benefit over 65% of people still cheated if they had the chance and thought they could get away with it just for the fun and buzz of it.
They displayed evidence of showing a larger boost in positive emotions compared to honest test. The findings could help explain why people will cheat in relationships when they seem happy at home and why rich celebrities and movie stars might steal or shoplift when they have plenty of money and don’t have to.
The Doctor in charge of the experiments said: “Many theories of moral behaviour assume that unethical behaviour triggers negative affect. “We challenge this assumption and demonstrate that unethical behaviour and cheating can trigger positive affect, which we term a ‘cheater’s high’.”
The findings are published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, In one 179 students were offered the chance to earn cash rewards for solving anagrams. 41% of them cheated by adding in solutions after they had seen the answers.
The scientists who ran the tests claim that this shows that the buzz of cheating on a partner or in life comes from the thrill of getting away with it. They said: “Cheating is associated with feelings of self-satisfaction, and the boost in positive affect from cheating persists even when prospects for self-deception about unethical behaviour “.
FidelityCheckOnline say that many people cheat in their relationships for the thrill of the chase, the high of conquest and the thrill of getting away with it. “ Even though they appear happy at home and seem to be having all their needs met they still cheat” a spokesman said today.
The partners of cheaters often notice the signs that something is wrong or different with their partner but are too frightened to do anything about. Burying your head in the sand is not the answer.
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