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Teleopathy is the unbalanced pursuit of purpose by either individuals or organizations. This mind-set or malaise has been described as an occupational hazard of business life and the key stimulus to which business ethics is a response. Its three principal symptoms are fixation, rationalization, and detachment.

Fixation

Unlike determination, perseverance, and tenacity, which are often considered positive traits of both individuals and organized groups, fixation is usually regarded as a negative trait, akin to obsession, addiction, and dependency. This negative trait involves the domination of a person's consciousness (or an organization's culture) by a persistent goal, objective, or desire—out of proportion to its importance in the larger scheme of things. Fixation is a kind of misplaced devotion or loyalty that in philosopher Immanuel Kant's language ultimately entails ...

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