This is due to the Licensing Effect (aka self-licensing, moral licensing). The Licensing Effect occurs when people make a good or virtuous choice that ‘permits’ them to make a bad decision later. An example of this would be someone on a diet believing that they’ve ‘earned’ an unhealthy meal by avoiding junk food during the week.  Convincing someone to make a ‘bad’ decision would therefore be easier after they have made a particularly good decision.

This is due to the Licensing Effect (aka self-licensing, moral licensing). The Licensing Effect occurs when people make a good or virtuous choice that ‘permits’ them to make a bad decision later. An example of this would be someone on a diet believing that they’ve ‘earned’ an unhealthy meal by avoiding junk food during the week. Convincing someone to make a ‘bad’ decision would therefore be easier after they have made a particularly good decision.

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A great article in the Washington Post about 'moral licensing,' the sense that when we do morally good things, we feel justified in doing bad things later.

Why going green won't make you better or save you money

A great article in the Washington Post about 'moral licensing,' the sense that when we do morally good things, we feel justified in doing bad things later.

Moralizing behavior, labeling it as “good” or “bad,” opens us up to the risk of moral licensing.

The Strange Way Being “Good” Hurts Your Willpower

Moralizing behavior, labeling it as “good” or “bad,” opens us up to the risk of moral licensing.

Being ethical can be mentally exhausting, and that fatigue can lead to "moral licensing" in managers, causing them to lash out at employees, research shows.

Being ethical can be mentally exhausting, and that fatigue can lead to "moral licensing" in managers, causing them to lash out at employees, research shows.

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untitled - Merritt, Effron & Monin 2010 Compass on Moral Licensing.pdf

Being ethical is not always easy and can be mentally exhausting. A new study finds that the fatigue can lead to “moral licensing” in managers, causing them to lash out at employees. Moral licensing is a phenomenon in which people, after doing something good, feel they have earned the right to act in a negative …

Being ethical is not always easy and can be mentally exhausting. A new study finds that the fatigue can lead to “moral licensing” in managers, causing them to lash out at employees. Moral licensing is a phenomenon in which people, after doing something good, feel they have earned the right to act in a negative …

Magoz illustration - Corruption and Moral licensing

Magoz illustration - Corruption and Moral licensing

Malcolm Gladwell does a post-mortem of the U.S. presidential election, speaking to issues of sexism and moral licensing, and makes a bold prediction.

Malcolm Gladwell on the 2016 Election, Sexism, and Moral Licensing

Malcolm Gladwell does a post-mortem of the U.S. presidential election, speaking to issues of sexism and moral licensing, and makes a bold prediction.

Moral Licensing is explained as a mental glitch. Apparently, doing something that helps to strengthen our positive self-image also makes us less worried about the consequences of immoral behaviour, and therefore more likely to make immoral choices. Past good deeds can liberate individuals to engage in behaviors that are immoral, unethical, or otherwise problematic, behaviors that they would otherwise avoid for fear of feeling or appearing immoral.

Permission To Sin: The Power Of Moral Licensing

Moral Licensing is explained as a mental glitch. Apparently, doing something that helps to strengthen our positive self-image also makes us less worried about the consequences of immoral behaviour, and therefore more likely to make immoral choices. Past good deeds can liberate individuals to engage in behaviors that are immoral, unethical, or otherwise problematic, behaviors that they would otherwise avoid for fear of feeling or appearing immoral.

Kohlberg's 6 Stages of Moral Development | Moral http://www.glogster.com/lwatts32/kohlberg-s-moral-development ... has examples of each stage

Kohlberg's 6 Stages of Moral Development | Moral http://www.glogster.com/lwatts32/kohlberg-s-moral-development ... has examples of each stage

Malcolm Gladwell on the 2016 Election, Sexism, and Moral Licensing  | Big Think

Malcolm Gladwell on the 2016 Election, Sexism, and Moral Licensing

Computers judgments of peoples personalities based on their Facebook likes are more accurate and valid than judgments made by their friends family spouse or colleagues according to researchers from Cambridge and Stanford Universities using a sample of 86220 volunteers.

Computers judgments of peoples personalities based on their Facebook likes are more accurate and valid than judgments made by their friends family spouse or colleagues according to researchers from Cambridge and Stanford Universities using a sample of 86220 volunteers.

A phenomenon known as moral licensing has big implications for gender inequality.

Why companies that take pride in diversity programs still wind up hiring white guys

A phenomenon known as moral licensing has big implications for gender inequality.

There is a concept in Psychology called Moral Licensing. And I think believers need to pay attention to it. Moral Licensing is explained as a mental glitch. Apparently, doing something that helps to strengthen our positive self-image also makes us less worried about the consequences of immoral behaviour, and therefore more likely to make immoral choices. Or as Psychologist Anna …

Permission To Sin: The Power Of Moral Licensing

There is a concept in Psychology called Moral Licensing. And I think believers need to pay attention to it. Moral Licensing is explained as a mental glitch. Apparently, doing something that helps to strengthen our positive self-image also makes us less worried about the consequences of immoral behaviour, and therefore more likely to make immoral choices. Or as Psychologist Anna …

Stop Doing It All Yourself: How to Delegate When You’re Overwhelmed - 99U

Stop Doing It All Yourself: How to Delegate When You’re Overwhelmed - 99U

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