Good self-awareness includes knowing how invisible, powerful forces can lead to making bad, unethical choices. Forbes.com contributor Travis Bradberry recently shared some of these outside-of-our-awareness influences and how they can affect us.
- The compensation effect. Using good deeds to justify bad ones. If people perform the acts of a good person, they might feel justified in sometimes behaving badly.
- The power of names. What things are called can sway opinion. Businesses and politicians often name products, programs or bills to create false positive perceptions.
- Tunnel vision.Setting goals and driving hard to achieve them is good. But a singular focus can lead to ethical missteps.
- The pressure to conform. Our need to belong can make it hard to go against a group that’s doing bad things.
- Obedience to authority. Some people actually feel less responsible for wrongdoing if they’re following someone else’s orders.