Reactions by Groups to Dishonest Behavior

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Anneke Zwart
Student (University), Netherlands
Keck (2014) examined in what way groups react to dishonest behavior in comparison with individuals. According to the author, the so-called “escalation hypothesis” is valid. This hypothesis suggests that groups react more strongly to dishonest behavior than individuals do. So, what reasons does he propose for such a statement? 1. Groups reinforce: the negative effect of dishonest behavior experienced by group members is stronger than what individuals experience, due to the fact that group members can reinforce each other’s feelings and believes after interacting. The reason why this happens is that people exposed to opinions of like-minded people will feel corroborated in their opinions and ideas. This confirmation will in turn make those individuals of groups behave more extreme. 2. Social comparisons: a second reason might be that members of groups often get involved into group discussions in which members are trying to “one up” each other; this discussion process can le (...) Read more? Sign up for free


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