The idea that small indiscretions can corrupt our character is an old one, dating at least back to Aristotle. But the psychology of this phenomenon deserves to be explored further. Take that first step — tell that first little lie, for example — and the next, bigger and worse step becomes that much easier. But of course, sometimes what look to be slippery slopes are not slippery at all. How do we tell the difference? >>>
How did Bernie Madoff devolve into Bernie Madoff?
The phenomenon of the slippery slope — how small ethical indiscretions lead to bigger ethical missteps – is the focus of new research by Michael Christian, an organizational behavior professor.