Dishonesty diminishes a person's ability to read others' emotions, or "interpersonal cognition," according to new research.
And here's one of the other key findings: The consequences snowball. One dishonest act can set in motion even more dishonesty.
"It can be a vicious cycle," says Ashley E. Hardin, assistant professor of organizational behavior at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. "Sometimes people will tell a white lie and think it's not a big deal. But a decision to be dishonest in one moment will have implications for how you interact with people subsequently."