Why People Cheat,They Love. It Study

Cheating at the rudimentary form we call a part  Prank and we enjoy it.

We do indulge it in more times than we care to admit.

Cheating in Examinations.

And if we are honest to ourselves, we enjoy them.

Every one is Honest unless one is caught or where there is no opportunity to cheat.

Whether we like it not , despite social strictures, we continue cheating, either in a harmless way ot deliberately.

Only when the cheating hurts the others it is to be condemned, other wise it’s fun.

A study has affirmed the fact people enjoy cheating.


Problem: It’s befuddling why people continue to cheat and plagiarize when the consequences can be so great. (Well, sometimes you get a book deal.) Even if you don’t get caught, shouldn’t you feel … guilty? Years of after school specials have taught me that the guilt over breaking your mom’s vase will eat away at you until you have no choice but to let confession burst forth from your lips in a spray of humility and regret. Your mom will probably be mad at first, but then she’ll realize it’s just a vase, and you’ll learn an important lesson about honesty.

In a study published recently in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,researchers aim to find out if cheating really makes us feel bad.

Methodology: Previous research in the area focuses on whether immoral acts trigger “negative affect” (feeling bad), but tended to look at acts that actually harmed someone. This study looked at how people feel after an immoral act that doesn’t seem to harm anyone.

In the first two experiments, participants just imagined doing something unethical and predicted how they thought they would feel afterward. Then, researchers gave them the chance to actually do something dishonest—after taking an anagram quiz, they were allowed to check their work against an answer key before turning it in to reap financial prizes, giving them the opportunity to change wrong answers, if they wanted to. But in a twist, the researchers were also dishonest and had hidden carbon copy paper in the test packets, which preserved participants’ original answers and let researchers know if they were cheating. Then they answered some questions about how they felt about the activity.

Other experiments assigned people to a cheating or not-cheating category for a task, to rule out self-selection, removed the financial aspect, and increased participants’ sense of “getting away with it” by telling them experimenters couldn’t check their answers.

Results: Participants predicted that they would feel bad after doing something unethical, if they just imagined the immoral act. But when they actually cheated, they “experience a boost in positive affect,” or got what the researchers dub a “cheater’s high.” The cheating made people feel good even if they weren’t getting extra money as a result, and whether or not they decided to cheat themselves, or were assigned to as a condition of the experiment.



Dos And Don’ts Hinduism.

Though there are lots of Rules on Behaviour , a short list is prescribed  by Patanjali in his, Yoga Sutras.

Hindu law.
Ancient Indian law.

These rules re classified under two categories.

One is what to do and another what not to do.

Things what one is not to do.

1.Inflicting Pain on any living being.(Ahimsa)

2.Not speaking Untruth.(Sathyam)

One may notice here that speaking Truth is not classified under things to do or as a Positive concept.

The reason is that by refraining rom speaking Untruth amounts to speaking  Truth.

Sometimes keeping quiet when forced to speak untruth amounts to speaking Truth.


4.Keeping away from promiscuousness,by Mind, Speech and Body.(Brahmacharya)

this is called Brahmacharya.

Contrary to popular notion Brahmacharya    is not denying only Sex.

It denotes regulating behaviour, without excesses, not limited to Sex.

Naishtika Brahmachari means total abstinence from Sex.

5.Acquiring things other than what is required to maintain Health.(Aparigraha).

These are called Yama.

Things one must do.


1.Saucham-remaining clean both mentally and physically.

2.Santhosam-remaining happy in all the states, During happiness and sadness.

3.Thavam,Following the Vrats like Ekadasi

4.Swadhyayam.Learning the Holy Books.

Though Swadhyayamm refers to the Learning of the Vedas,, the interpretation is that learning Books that teach Morals.


dedicating everything to God, including the desire to attain God’s feet.

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Power Changes People’s Brain Study Confirms.

People change with Power.

The power may come in many denomination.

Money,Political Power,Muscle Power…..

Power also corrupts.

And ‘Absolute Power corrupts Absolutely,

What we know by experience is confirmed by a Study.

Power effects changes in the Brain.

if we  remember power is temporary and being Humane is permanent one would not be intoxicated with it.

Out of Attachment arises Anger,Of attachment intellect stumbles,when intellect stumbles, Man perishes.

Power and Behavior
Power and Behaviorhttp://www.reddit.com/tb/1k32yu


Now with a new study there’s evidence to support that claim.

Obhi and his fellow researchers took a bunch of participants and randomly put them in the mindset of feeling either powerful or powerless. The powerless group was asked to write a diary entry about a time they depended on others for help. The powerful group wrote entries about times they were calling the shots, and they knew it. (There was also a control group, neither powerful or powerless, who wrote about something else entirely.)

Then everybody watched a simple video. In it, an anonymous hand squeezes a rubber ball a handful of times—sort of monotonous.

But while the video ran, Obhi’s team tracked the participants’ brains, looking at a special region called the mirror system.

The mirror system is important because it contains neurons that become active both when you squeeze a rubber ball and when you watch a stranger squeeze a rubber ball. It is the same thing with picking up a cup of coffee, hitting a baseball, or flying a kite. Whether the stranger does it, or you do it, your mirror system activates either way.

In this small way, the mirror system places you inside a stranger’s head. Furthermore because our actions are linked to deeper thoughts like beliefs and intentions, you can also begin to understand the motivations another person has for squeezing a rubber ball, to pick an example.

Understanding what another person wants—and perhaps more importantly, doesn’t want—for him or herself is actually a key component of developing empathy.

Obhi’s team wanted to see if bestowing a person with a feeling of power or powerlessness would change how the mirror system responded to a stranger performing a simple action.

The researchers found that the mirror system—and by extension, one’s ability to connect with others—was tuned down by power.

“What we’re finding is power diminishes all varieties of empathy,” says Dacher Keltner, a social psychologist at UC Berkeley not involved in the new study. He says these results fit a trend within psychological research, but add the hint of some possible biological machinery behind the phenomenon.

Dacher Keltner says understanding that process is absolutely vital.

“Whether you’re with a team at work [or] your family dinner, all of that hinges on how we adapt our behaviors to the behaviors of other people. And power takes a bite out of that ability, which is too bad.”


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Requiem for Identity Tamils Yet Non Tamils

I attended a close Relative’s wedding recently.

The Bride’s Family are Tamils settled in Mumbai about Forty years back.

They claim they are Tamils’speak Tamil at Home, their Mother Tongue is Tamil, declare they are originally(?) from Palghat.

The Marriage was conducted in South Indian Brahmin style.

On the dais, when the final ceremonies of tying the Mangal Sutra(Thaali), Uncle of the bride, who was standing near me exclaimed, on a particular ceremony being performed(Aupaasana),

‘Yeh, pehle Karna Thaa’ ( this should have been performed earlier)

I asked him what his mother tongue is.

Tamils In Mumbai
Tamils In Mumbai

He replied ‘Tamil”

The behavior of the Tamils who are settled or even on a short stay to the Northern States, particularly Mumbai, New Delhi, is funny to say the least.

They talk in Hindi, watch Hindi Channels when on a trip to their relatives Homes in their Native State and converse in Hindi much to the discomfiture and embarrassment of their Hosts.

They add comments,

‘ye madrasi ka practice hai’

They seem to imagine they are culturally superior to their people speaking their language, forgetting the fact that they are never accepted as a Northerner in the states where they are settled in.

You might have been living in these states for even fifty years, still you are  a Madrasi’!

Yet for important functions they come back to their Native place or State!

They speak Hindi, English and Tamil, can not write or read Tamil, yet call Tamil as their Mother tongue.

Yet they follow Tamil Traditions.

They just do not seem to know their Identity.

They belong neither here nor there.

Is this not a crisis of Cultural Identity?

The same is applicable to Indian Tamils settled in the US.

They compensate this by over enthusiasm for following their native customs more than their counterparts in India.

The curious fact that those Tamils who are settled in Bangalore, Hyderabad, do not identify or learn Kannada or Telugu;but pick up Hindi!


Moms and Babies Photo Essay

Moms and Babies
Moms and babies





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