Reactions to morally motivated deviance

F.M. Cramwinckel, K. Van den Bos, E. Van Dijk

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People value morality in themselves and others. They want to
be moral and good individuals, associate themselves with
others who share their moral values, and belong to moral
groups. As an ironic consequence of the importance of
morality, people sometimes respond negatively to morally
motivated deviants, and dislike others who overtly display
moral behavior. These negative reactions may not only reduce
the chance that people will learn from the exemplary behavior
of others, it may also prevent moral exemplars from displaying
moral behavior in the future, which makes these reactions
problematic. Important questions that will be discussed in this
review are why and when people respond negatively to morally
motivated others.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-156
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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