Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Guilt and Moral Identity in Motivating Moral Cleansing

After committing an immoral act, people tend to commit prosocial acts. This is known as moral cleansing or moral compensation. Guilt and moral identity were found in this study to facility moral cleansing. Front Psychol. 2016;7:1317

Comment: Some studies have found that holding your hand on a Bible, even if you are an atheist, has the effect of getting people in touch with their moral identity and subsequently cheat less [see the Netflix documentary (dis)Honesty]. Research like this study hopefully will be able to come up with simple ways to increase moral behavior in both individuals and in communities.