Understanding Why Good People Commit Criminal Acts

by | Mar 6, 2020

No one living in Georgia is perfect. From drinking and driving and drug crimes to felonies and domestic violence, good people commit unlawful actions for a variety of reasons under various circumstances.

Business Inside offers several explanations for why normally law-abiding citizens find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Learn why people who commit crimes are not always automatically criminals.

The power of a name

Sometimes, it is easier to commit a theft when it is labeled as “borrowing” or “reappropriating.” When euphemisms replace the actual names of crimes, they can become more appealing.

When ambition turns criminal

While having aspirations and goals is all well and good, one’s lofty ambitions can pave the road to unintentional criminal behavior. This can happen when employees become desperate to do anything to earn a bonus or promotion, no matter who gets hurt.

Feeling less than human

Some employers leave workers feeling more like numbers or blank faces. Should that happen, employees may have little problem stealing from, defrauding or otherwise harming their employer through criminal actions.

Harmful self-image

Those who have a poor self-image and feel as if they do not have agency over their lives can feel easily tempted to engage in criminal behavior. As Psychology Today points out, having a positive image of other people may also deter unlawful activity.

Petty crimes

 Taking a pen, an abandoned snack in the office pantry or toilet paper from the office bathroom normally is not met with a warning or write-up. Some employees choose to see how far they can go in workplace infractions, which can lead to more serious breaches, such as fudging expense reports or stealing company time.

Individuals following their superior’s orders without question can also break the law. At the least, it can lead to violating one’s personal standards.