A new study has found that guilt-prone individuals are less likely to accept bribes, particularly when their actions could result in harm to others. This finding suggests that assessing guilt proneness when selecting personnel for leadership roles, especially in governance, could be beneficial in reducing corrupt behaviors. However, it’s important to note that the study is purely correlational, and doesn’t account for other moral-related personality traits that could impact bribery tendencies.
As a psychiatrist, this research offers an interesting insight into the role that guilt proneness can play in shaping ethical behavior. While it’s important to consider other moral-related personality traits when evaluating corruption risk, understanding the connection between guilt proneness and bribery could inform strategies to deter corrupt behavior in various domains, such as business and government.
Dr Eleanor Patricia Davidson, MD, Cure of Mind