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Moral emotions and moral behavior.
Annu Rev Psychol. 2007; 58:345-72.AR

Abstract

Moral emotions represent a key element of our human moral apparatus, influencing the link between moral standards and moral behavior. This chapter reviews current theory and research on moral emotions. We first focus on a triad of negatively valenced "self-conscious" emotions-shame, guilt, and embarrassment. As in previous decades, much research remains focused on shame and guilt. We review current thinking on the distinction between shame and guilt, and the relative advantages and disadvantages of these two moral emotions. Several new areas of research are highlighted: research on the domain-specific phenomenon of body shame, styles of coping with shame, psychobiological aspects of shame, the link between childhood abuse and later proneness to shame, and the phenomena of vicarious or "collective" experiences of shame and guilt. In recent years, the concept of moral emotions has been expanded to include several positive emotions-elevation, gratitude, and the sometimes morally relevant experience of pride. Finally, we discuss briefly a morally relevant emotional process-other-oriented empathy.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia 22030, USA. jtangney@gmu.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16953797

Citation

Tangney, June Price, et al. "Moral Emotions and Moral Behavior." Annual Review of Psychology, vol. 58, 2007, pp. 345-72.
Tangney JP, Stuewig J, Mashek DJ. Moral emotions and moral behavior. Annu Rev Psychol. 2007;58:345-72.
Tangney, J. P., Stuewig, J., & Mashek, D. J. (2007). Moral emotions and moral behavior. Annual Review of Psychology, 58, 345-72.
Tangney JP, Stuewig J, Mashek DJ. Moral Emotions and Moral Behavior. Annu Rev Psychol. 2007;58:345-72. PubMed PMID: 16953797.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Moral emotions and moral behavior. AU - Tangney,June Price, AU - Stuewig,Jeff, AU - Mashek,Debra J, PY - 2006/9/7/pubmed PY - 2007/4/4/medline PY - 2006/9/7/entrez SP - 345 EP - 72 JF - Annual review of psychology JO - Annu Rev Psychol VL - 58 N2 - Moral emotions represent a key element of our human moral apparatus, influencing the link between moral standards and moral behavior. This chapter reviews current theory and research on moral emotions. We first focus on a triad of negatively valenced "self-conscious" emotions-shame, guilt, and embarrassment. As in previous decades, much research remains focused on shame and guilt. We review current thinking on the distinction between shame and guilt, and the relative advantages and disadvantages of these two moral emotions. Several new areas of research are highlighted: research on the domain-specific phenomenon of body shame, styles of coping with shame, psychobiological aspects of shame, the link between childhood abuse and later proneness to shame, and the phenomena of vicarious or "collective" experiences of shame and guilt. In recent years, the concept of moral emotions has been expanded to include several positive emotions-elevation, gratitude, and the sometimes morally relevant experience of pride. Finally, we discuss briefly a morally relevant emotional process-other-oriented empathy. SN - 0066-4308 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16953797/Moral_emotions_and_moral_behavior_ L2 - https://arjournals.annualreviews.org/doi/10.1146/annurev.psych.56.091103.070145?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -