Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Dr. Randy Young

Degree Award Date

Spring 2007


Values, honesty, loyalty, character, situational influence


Personality and Social Contexts | Psychology | Social Psychology


Examining the impact of situations where the values of honesty and loyalty conflicted, we explored participants' faithfulness to their preferred value even when the alternative value was more appealing. We predicted that participants who favored loyalty would be less likely to betray their value than those who favored honesty.

Those individuals that self-identify as valuing honesty over loyalty are more likely to consistently choose to be honest whether a given situation makes it easier or harder to be honest. However, those individuals that self-identify loyalty as their more highly valued character trait will betray their value when there is a conflicting decision and thus will choose the honest behavior.