Feeling entitled to more: Ostracism increases dishonest behavior

Kai Tak POON, Zhansheng CHEN, C. Nathan DEWALL

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Five experiments tested whether ostracism increases dishonesty through increased feelings of entitlement. Compared with included and control participants, ostracized participants indicated higher levels of dishonest intentions (Experiments 1-3) and cheated more to take undeserved money in a behavioral task (Experiments 4 and 5). In addition, increased feelings of entitlement mediated the effect of ostracism on dishonesty (Experiments 3-5). Framing ostracism as beneficial weakened the connection between ostracism, entitlement, and dishonest behavior (Experiment 5). Together, these findings highlight the significance of entitlement in explaining when and why ostracism increases dishonest behavior and how to weaken this relationship. Copyright © 2013 by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1227-1239
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Issue number9
Early online dateJun 2013
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2013


Poon, K.-T., Chen, Z., & DeWall, C. N. (2013). Feeling entitled to more: Ostracism increases dishonest behavior. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39(9), 1227-1239. doi: 10.1177/0146167213493187


  • Ostracism
  • Social exclusion
  • Dishonest behavior
  • Entitlement
  • Unethical behavior


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