Most people would rather lie or do a bad deed than say ‘no’

Most people would rather tell a lie or do a bad deed if asked than face the social discomfort of saying no, according to a new study.

Researchers said we tend to underestimate the extent to which we can all ‘influence someone else’s ethical behaviour’.

People urged to tell lies or commit minor acts of vandalism were much more likely to do as asked than those who made the request anticipated, they found.

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