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Whether Rich or Poor, Feeling Deprived Makes Us Steal More, New York University Study


10/28/2013 8:26:16 AM

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What makes someone more likely to steal and feel justified in doing so? Is not having food ample justification for stealing food? Does not having enough money to pay the bills make stealing money seem morally acceptable? A new study reveals something surprising about what motivates people to steal – and it’s not necessarily about being poor or not having enough food or money. According to the research, the dynamic that influences people to shift their moral standards is the feeling of being financially deprived. That feeling can be elicited in many different ways for different people, and this study suggests that it’s much more prevalent than we think.

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