Need a unique essay?
Order now

Critical Thinking Essay on Unethical Decision-making Case

3 pages
636 words
George Washington University
Type of paper: 
This essay has been submitted by a student. This is not an example of the work written by our professional essay writers.

One of my personal experiences where i employed unethical decision-making was when I took some money from my parents to purchase a phone. This happened last year when I took $12,000 from my mothers purse without her knowledge and permission and used the entire cash to have fun and buy a fancy mobile phone. I had joined a group of friends who had better electronic gadgets than me, and I felt like the odd one out since I did not own the latest phone and laptop. I wanted to keep my friends and prove to them that I would match their standards so that they could take me as one of them. Since I did not have much savings at that time since I had used them the previous weekend, that would enable me to purchase an iPhone and to borrow from friends would create a bad image, I thought the best option was taking some money from my mother. My mother has a business and does her bookkeeping transactions and reconciliation on Friday nights every week. I was aware that every Friday, my mother came with more cash in her purse than any other day in the week and I used that as an opportunity to get what I wanted. In addition, I knew that my parents have so much trust in me they would not think I took the money, as they would blame our housekeeper. I had it all planned, and nothing would keep me away from getting my dream phone.

My egocentrism nature was evident in the way I was unable to separate my thoughts from reality (Gazova et al., 2012). I was only thinking in own perspective and interests ignoring that our housekeeper might not be in that day or my mother might not carry cash that day. I was only thinking of how I could satisfy myself ignoring the fact that my mother might have had bills to pay the cash. I also ignored the fact that my parents pay all my bills and even helped purchase the phone I was using at that time (Driver & Pouget, 2010). Some of the pathological tendencies of mind evident from my unethical decision-making are egocentric blindness as I failed to notice facts, which contradicted with values taught by my parents against stealing, and egocentric absurdity when I created perfect scenarios in my head thinking of the repercussions of my actions (Meisel et al., 2013).

I should have applied keys to sound decision-making and approach the situation in an objective and rational way. First, I had the option to break away from my friends, as I could not keep up with the demands and social status quo. This was the best option, as I would have made other friends who would not put me into temptations of stealing so that I can fit in their group. On the other hand, I should have asked for cash from my parents directly. There is a high probability that they would have given me the cash on request since they have always provided for me things I needed and others I had not even asked them. Asking my parents for the cash would have reduced the probability of developing the strained relationship I have had with them for the past one year since they have no trust in me anymore in matters related to finances.



Driver, J., & Pouget, A. (2010). Object-centered visual neglect, or relative egocentric neglect?. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 12(3), 542-545.

Gazova, I., Vlcek, K., Laczo, J., Nedelska, Z., Hyncicova, E., Mokrisova, I., ... & Hort, J. (2012). Spatial navigationa unique window into physiological and pathological aging. Frontiers in aging neuroscience, 4.

Meisel, M. K., Clifton, A. D., MacKillop, J., Miller, J. D., Campbell, W. K., & Goodie, A. S. (2013). Egocentric social network analysis of pathological gambling. Addiction, 108(3), 584-591.


Have the same topic and dont`t know what to write?
We can write a custom paper on any topic you need.

Request Removal

If you are the original author of this essay and no longer wish to have it published on the website, please click below to request its removal: