We tend to believe that Avoiding Pain is in our best interests. Surely this is a good idea when crossing the street. This particular discussion is about irresponsibility. For instance, when we pass the buck or push someone under the bus.
Whenever we don’t keep our word, it is usually about Avoiding some form of Pain and staying in integrity would seemingly cause us greater Pain. Unfortunately, we break our word to ourselves most often. Interesting to note is that when we do honor our word, we feel great and the expenditure is almost always worth it in some way