A counterfeit competence: After threat, cheating boosts one's self-image
In six studies, we show that after experiencing a threat to their abilities, individuals who misrepresent their performance as better than it actually…
Counterfeit competence: "Threatened individuals who lie on a job application feel more capable than those who report them honestly."
Linda J. Skitka
People cheat to restore feelings of competence after a threat to their perceived ability
and Francesa Gino