a perspective of Cheating
something I wrote for my lil english final last year.12/8/11
The personal perspective of Cheating
There are many different types of cheating: cheating in school, cheating in relationships, cheating in business, cheating in sports but all of these can mainly be grouped under the umbrella of the cheating personal perspective.4By individualizing the perspective of cheating we can penetrate the taboo around it and find its roots. Cheating is a prevalent issue today. To address this issue at its core one should reflect on his or her own personal and internal view of cheating and then honestly ask— why is cheating so common….
The word cheating has become a definite taboo in today’s society. What are peoples true feelings of cheating? The act of cheating is associated with much negativity. Do people feel as negatively about cheating as they convey aloud? If so, why would cheating be so common? The belief is that internally, cheating does not connote so much negativity as it does publicly; and that the negative connotation that society has on cheating is unrealistic and exaggerated. Our society attempts to portray a standard of integrity that is un-realistically higher than the imperfect individuals that it represents. There is a discrepancy between the public view of cheating and the individual view of cheating.
Cheating refers to the breaking of rules to gain advantage in a competitive situation, to defraud or swindle, to deceive or influence by fraud. The rules infringed may be explicit, or they may be from an unwritten code. The societal view of cheating is bundled up as a category into anything dishonest, unethical, fraudulent, and deceitful. Some argue that cheaters are disgusting they lack of a self-governing integrity are condemned to live life as imposters.6 An Imposter is extremely harsh of a judgment without understanding the each individuals particular situation.
The resolve to cheat does not always derive from a lack of integrity, maliciousness, or laziness. So where does the inclination to cheat come from. Dan Ariely of Duke University offers several alternative notions that aren’t nearly as negative as the typical. Dr. Ariely Instead argues that a person’s inclination to cheat may be heavily associated with that individual’s creativity.
In 5 studies, participants with creative personalities tended to cheat more than less creative individuals and that dispositional creativity is a better predictor of unethical behavior than intelligence. In addition, participants who were primed to think creatively were more likely to cheat than those in a control condition. Finally, we demonstrate that dispositional creativity moderates the influence of temporarily priming creativity on dishonest behavior.
Dr. Ariely explains that: typically operating together, divergent thinking and cognitive flexibility help people find creative solutions to difficult problems, which may be interpreted from different points of view. One such context is provided by ethical dilemmas. Ethical dilemmas often require people to weigh two opposing forces: the desire to maximize self-interest and the desire to maintain a positive view of oneself.5
The resolve to cheat may actually come from an creative ambition to compensate for our voids. Internally one is without judgment and he is free to acknowledge his own voids. Privately people are free to acknowledge the gap between their own self-interests and their voids and free to creatively rationalize the compensatory measures without compromising there self-worth. But publicly under the scrutiny and the duress of judgment one would deny own his-interest in order to salvage his image.
Cheating is such taboo because of the judgment implied. The judgments of cheating are: lazy, malicious, lack of integrity, manipulative, deceitful, and many other shameful connotations. If cheating is such a wrongfully shameful act why has everyone done it, did it, and will consider doing it again.
On a public level cheating is everywhere lately: On the news, the internet, the school, the home, and from the ball court to the supreme-court. It’s safe to say that cheating for a public stand point has gotten out of control. About one in five adults in monogamous relationships, or 22 percent, have cheated on their current partner. The rate is even higher among married men. And nearly half of people admit to being unfaithful at some point in their lives, according to the results of the MSNBC.com’s “Lust, Love & Loyalty survey.”2 Rutgers University’s Donald McCabe, found that a whopping 95 percent of high school students say they’ve cheated during the course of their education, ranging from letting somebody copy their homework to test-cheating.3 The Los Angeles Time Reports that One out of four Americans surveyed say it’s acceptable to cheat on their taxes.4 Employment fraud is also on the rise, soaring from $400 billion in lost revenue for U.S. businesses in 1996 to over $600 billion in 2003. And while many organizations have implemented background checking as a requirement for employment, the majority of employees who steal–68.6 percent, according to Association of Certified Fraud Examiners –have no prior criminal record.4So how can so many people be wrong if everybody is doing it? A natural action for humans is to find something more practical, efficient, and less strenuous; These are called “tools.” A foolish man would be one that refuses to use all of his tools.
The times of today are getting more competitive and more competitive; a foolish man would be one that did not use all of his resources. If cheating is a short in the personal make up of an individual—then let it be that. If one elects to proceed in his own integrity aside of short cuts and supplements, then let him do such; Not to be commended publicly but because that is who he is personally. But If one elects to proceed in the supplements of which he lacks then let him do such; Not to be condemned publicly , but because that is who he is personally. The real problems with society extend from its prejudice and hypocritical judgments.
To lessen a issue you first have to address from a relative standpoint. You have to be understanding to the issue before you can address it. The problem with cheating is that it is misunderstood. Why would anyone admit to being a cheater if it’s associated as heavily as being fraudulent, dishonest, and deceptive. Everybody cheats, but not everyone is to be considered as dishonest and fraudulent. There has to be a classification made between cheating and fraud. There has to be a distinction made between cheating and infidelity. There has to be a line drawn between a cheater a con.
A principle is the quality of possessing and steadfastly adhering to high moral principle, professional or personal standards. The perspective of cheating is highly relative to one’s personal standards. If cheating is such a personal is issue why is cheating scrutinized with so much negativity, publicly? In today’s society anything to condense our working agenda is considered efficient. In such a fast paced, demanding, get far and get there fast society, how can a short cut be discouraged. Any person could understand how attractive a short cut would be in such a world filled with anxieties. Cheating is such a natural human tendency why shouldn’t it be publicly viewed upon with more leniency and understanding?
The problem with cheating on public level is that it isn’t a being addressed on a personal level. The cheating problem can’t be solved on public level without reaching its individuals first. Each individual has to address within himself his view on cheating. Each individual must accept it as a natural inclination and learn to draw the line in himself not to carry the inclination towards into the malice and fraudulent versions of it. Self-governing is the only solution to the rampant numbers in studies.
Psychology has struggled for years to determine whether honesty is a function of a person’s character or a function of the situations that people find themselves in.1In most cases, we basically want to behave dishonestly, but we also want to view ourselves as good, honorable people,” Ariely says. “So we try to steal as much as we can, while not hurting our own image in our own eyes.” 1But psychologist David Dunning of Cornell cautions this study might overemphasize the role of creativity in dishonesty. He says that both are important, we often underestimate how much a situation influences what we do. In some situations, we’re moral; in other situations, we’re not so moral. And really it is just the situation pulling out this ability in all of us to either be ethical or to be unethical. It’s just a part of the game of life.1