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Moral courage: How people continue to do the right thing in the face of opposition

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Keywords: Ethical behaviour, moral courage, durable moral courage, moral efficacy, endurance, emotion regulation, leadership

There is a big difference between knowing what is right and taking action consistent with that knowledge. This is even more an issue in situations where other people around you are all acting unethically, or the unethical behaviour has become ingrained within a culture. Yet, a few hardy souls continue to behave, think and promote the morally and ethically correct behaviour, even in the face of extreme opposition. What is it that enables the morally courageous to continue in situations where others fail to?

The difference between morals and ethics

Whilst the terms moral and ethical tend to be used interchangeably in common language, there is a difference between the two.

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