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|Title:||“Thou Shalt Kill”: Practicing self-control supports adherence to personal values when asked to aggress|
|Author(s):||Denson, Thomas F.|
Wilkowski, Benjamin M.
DeWall, C. Nathan
Ferguson, Elizabeth L.
Capper, Miriam M.
Kasumovic, Michael M.
|Title:||Journal of experimental social psychology|
|Year of Publication:||2017|
|Publikation type:||Journal Article|
|Abstract:||Poor self-control is a root cause of aggression and criminality. But people can improve their self-control through repetitive practice. Because self-control involves acting in accordance with personal values, practicing self-control can promote attainment of value-consistent goals. The present research tested the hypothesis that practicing self-control could both decrease and increase obedient aggression. In Experiment 1, relative to the active control group, participants who practiced self-control were more hesitant to engage in mock violence (e.g., “cutting” the experimenter's throat with a rubber knife), especially for participants high in dispositional empathy. In Experiment 2, practicing self-control increased obedience to kill insects, but only among participants who felt little moral responsibility for their actions. There was a trend for decreased killing among participants who felt morally responsible for their actions. Our findings suggest that when asked to behave aggressively, self-control promotes adherence to personal values, which may or may not fuel aggression.|
|DOI of the first publication:||10.1016/j.jesp.2016.09.001|
|URL of the first publication:||https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022103116300294|
|Link to this record:||hdl:20.500.11880/27831|
|Date of registration:||17-Sep-2019|
|Faculty:||HW - Fakultät für Empirische Humanwissenschaften und Wirtschaftswissenschaft|
|Department:||HW - Psychologie|
|Professorship:||HW - Prof. Dr. Malte Friese|
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