At long last! Proof that people with the highest morals have the lowest...um...morals.

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    Nov 16, 2007 5:05 AM GMT
    A new study unravels the mystery of what we see repeatedly among those who do the most moral-posturing -- hypocrisy:

    "In the new study, detailed in the November issue of the Journal of Applied Psychology, researchers find that when this line between right and wrong is ambiguous among people who think of themselves as having high moral standards, the do-gooders can become the worst of cheaters.

    "The results recall the seeming disconnect between the words and actions of folks like televangelist and fraud convict Jim Bakker or admitted meth-buyer Ted Haggard, former president of the National Evangelical Association, an umbrella group representing some 45,000 churches."

    Read the Yahoo article here:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20071115/sc_livescience/oddlyhypocrisyrootedinhighmorals

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    Nov 16, 2007 2:33 PM GMT
    O/W --- I totaly agree, those standing on the roof screaming how good they are, are exactly the ones that can not be trusted.
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    Nov 16, 2007 3:55 PM GMT
    I do not fully understand the reason of your post!
    Our own definition of "morals" both yours and mine should be the issue. Not what these so called Christians leaders (which they are not) have a pretense to preach.
    We should be leaders and teachers of our own "morals" not judge others.
    Now lets All trust Hillary Clinton LOL
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    Nov 16, 2007 3:58 PM GMT
    Huh? The point of the post is to share a study that helps explain the well-known phenomenon of our moral arbiters turning out to be hypocrites.
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    Nov 16, 2007 5:40 PM GMT
    It's hardly a revelation that demagoguery is associated with dishonesty and self-interest. Is there really any explanatory power to this "study?" From the story, it seems to be merely a couple of surveys of two selected groups - college business majors and "managers," who may be predisposed to those traits.
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    Nov 16, 2007 8:03 PM GMT
    Groan. No, there's nothing new to you or me in the observation that the moralistic are often the least moral. However, many people do not accept that assertion and the study proposes a predictable pattern besides, for example, the usual reaction formation.
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    Nov 16, 2007 8:04 PM GMT
    This article came out the same day the university I work at announced that they fired the Director of Student Activities because she embezzled $300,000 from the school.

    I read the school paper, and everyone was saying how she is such a wonderful person, how she was like a mentor to them, etc., and how utterly shocked and disturbed by this!

    Now I never met this person, and I don't know if she considered herself to be a moral person, but it sounds like it's possible. It seems to me that maybe there is a sense of self-importance that leads to hubris. Definitely like that disconnect that OW mentions.

    This will certainly be interesting to see how it all plays out. I just don't see how she thought she could get away with it. Right now, it's the only think people are talking about.
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    Nov 16, 2007 8:08 PM GMT
    "I see an awful lot of righteouness among the so-called "oppressed" as well."

    The religious right is just an example that is most apparent to everyone. Nothing in the study limits the observation of hypocrisy to them.

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    Nov 16, 2007 8:14 PM GMT
    I agree with OW, it's not just religious leaders, but people who believe in their self-importance. That they are above the rules. We can also look at the sports world for examples: Michael Vick with the dog-fighting, Bill Belichik and the spygate thing (and I still love the Pats).
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    Nov 16, 2007 8:51 PM GMT
    WE NOW RETURN TO OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAM...icon_exclaim.gif
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    Nov 19, 2007 5:28 PM GMT
    It's no surpise that the people who think they have the highest morals have the lowest...um, morals is because they try to augment themselves so high that once they get there to the highest level there is no where to go but down.
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    Nov 22, 2007 11:20 AM GMT
    i bet your glad you started this thread ow?icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 22, 2007 12:46 PM GMT
    "New study finds that water is wet!"

    This is news? Shakespeare wrote "The lady doth protest too much, methinks." in Hamlet a few hundred years ago. This is only an indication of this as a common concept.

    I've found that those who proclaim "moral superiority" over others, tend to be inversely so. I find that it tends to be more indicative of being highly judgemental, rather than highly 'moral.'

    Just my observation.
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    Nov 22, 2007 1:24 PM GMT
    I've found that those who proclaim "moral superiority" over others, tend to be inversely so. I find that it tends to be more indicative of being highly judgemental, rather than highly 'moral.'

    Well said, bgcat57.

    Absent a clear distinction between right and wrong, people draw that line according their own moral compass or (cynically speaking) the opportunity for personal gain. Some employees think nothing of taking supplies from the office - though it's stealing, to be sure.

    (hmmm, I'm from NJ where there's -ahem- a little corruption in state politics. If I were to re-work that last sentence to read "Some politicians think nothing of taking tax dollars from the state treasury..." it reads just as well. But that's another topic entirely.)

    Later men.