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Here’s Why Some People Are Willing to Challenge Bullying, Corruption and Bad Behavior, Even at Personal Risk

Catherine A. Sanderson: First, moral rebels generally feel good about themselves. They tend to have high self-esteem and to feel confident about their own judgment, values, and ability. They also believe their own views are superior to those of others, and thus that they have a social responsibility to share those beliefs. Moral rebels are also less socially inhibited than others. They aren’t worried about feeling embarrassed or having an awkward interaction. Perhaps most importantly, they are far less concerned about conforming to the crowd. So, when they have to choose between fitting in and doing the right thing, they will probably choose to do what they see as right. Research in neuroscience reveals that people’s ability to stand up to social influence is reflected in anatomical differences in the brain.

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