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Type: Journal article
Title: Threatened state self-esteem reduces forgiveness
Author: Strelan, P.
Zdaniuk, A.
Citation: Self and Identity, 2015; 14(1):16-32
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 1529-8868
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Peter Strelan and Agnes Zdaniuk
Abstract: Drawing from theorizing about motivated self-protection, we report the results of four studies testing the idea that threatened state self-esteem reduces forgiving. In Study 1, primed self-esteem threat (versus a control condition) led to decreased forgiving intentions in hypothetical scenarios. In Study 2, primed self-esteem threat (versus two control conditions) negatively affected forgiveness motivations in relation to recalled personally experienced transgressions. Study 3 utilized a correlational recall design, demonstrating that threatened self-esteem directly associated with a personally recalled transgression is negatively related to forgiving motivations. Study 4 returned to a priming paradigm, providing evidence that the deleterious effect of self-esteem threat on forgiveness may be combated by enhancing state-level self-esteem. Theoretical and practical implications and ideas for future research are addressed.
Keywords: Self-esteem threat; forgiveness; rriming; state self-esteem
Rights: © 2014 Taylor & Francis
DOI: 10.1080/15298868.2014.889034
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