Moral masochism

On the connection between guilt and self-punishment

Y. Inbar, D.A. Pizarro, T. Gilovich, D. Ariely

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Abstract

Do people sometimes seek to atone for their transgressions by harming themselves physically? The current results suggest that they do. People who wrote about a past guilt-inducing event inflicted more intense electric shocks on themselves than did those who wrote about feeling sad or about a neutral event. Moreover, the stronger the shocks that guilty participants administered to themselves, the more their feelings of guilt were alleviated. We discuss how this method of atonement relates to other methods examined in previous research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-18
JournalEmotion
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Inbar, Y., Pizarro, D. A., Gilovich, T., & Ariely, D. (2013). Moral masochism: On the connection between guilt and self-punishment. Emotion, 13(1), 14-18. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0029749
Inbar, Y. ; Pizarro, D.A. ; Gilovich, T. ; Ariely, D. / Moral masochism : On the connection between guilt and self-punishment. In: Emotion. 2013 ; Vol. 13, No. 1. pp. 14-18.
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Inbar, Y, Pizarro, DA, Gilovich, T & Ariely, D 2013, 'Moral masochism: On the connection between guilt and self-punishment', Emotion, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 14-18. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0029749

Moral masochism : On the connection between guilt and self-punishment. / Inbar, Y.; Pizarro, D.A.; Gilovich, T.; Ariely, D.

In: Emotion, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2013, p. 14-18.

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