In The Wizard of Oz, Glinda the Good Witch asks Dorothy“Are you a good witch or a bad witch?” The answer was clear in the 1939 movie. But it’s not any­more, say psy­chol­o­gists David DeSteno and Pier­carlo Valdesolo in their new book,Out of Char­acter: Sur­prising Truths About the Liar, Cheat, Sinner (and Saint) Lurking in All of Us. DeSteno, director of the Social Emo­tions Lab at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston, tells USA TODAY’s Sharon Jayson what they learned from seven years of research on 2,000 people.

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