According to NPR's story, "Psychology Of Fraud: Why Good People Do Bad Things": In general, when we think about bad behavior, we think about it being tied to character: Bad people do bad things. But that model, researchers say, is profoundly inadequate.
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In the same thread, This American Life recently had a segment on degrees of sin and making bad decisions. Find the audio by clicking here.