Why do we do bad things? A core answer is control. When we feel in control, and when we feel power, we become more careful with our actions. We take more time to think about how we act, and we form principles that guide our actions, for example ethical considerations. When we feel powerless, we become less conscientious, we think less about what we do, and we don’t care as much for mistakes. So conscientiousness is about the degree of control we feel that we have, and the degree of responsibility we feel for our actions. A person who lacks ethics or is lazy or tends to procrastinate, often struggles with feeling powerless about what they do.