The “It Will Never Happen to Me” Mentality

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  1. Tigran Eldred says:

    Thanks for this post – I agree that students tend to be overly optimistic about their ability to avoid ethical traps, which to my mind reinforces the importance of addressing the behavioral component of ethical decision-making in PR courses. I’m starting to think about the best readings for students to discuss these important issues. Any thoughts?

  2. Josh Camson says:

    I agree completely. As a 3L student, I have found that many of my peers fall into this mental trap. Even during the beginning weeks of our Ethics class, most of the cases were so black and white that it only reinforced this mentality. However, I thought the best way to shed this mentality was reading cases that take place in that gray area. That is what makes students start thinking “Wow, I would have done the same thing…”