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Not so ugly after all: when shame acts as a commitment device.
J Pers Soc Psychol. 2008 Oct; 95(4):933-43.JP

Abstract

Most psychological theories and research on shame focus on the ugly aspects and negative consequences of this emotion. Theories on moral emotions, however, assume that shame acts as a commitment device motivating prosocial behavior. To solve this apparent paradox, the authors studied the effects of shame on prosocial behavior. Shame was hypothesized to motivate prosocial behavior when it was relevant for the decision at hand (endogenous). In contrast, shame that was not relevant for the decision at hand (exogenous) was hypothesized to have no such effects. Four experiments with three different shame inductions and two different measures of prosocial behavior confirmed that endogenous shame motivated prosocial behavior for proselfs but that exogenous shame did not. Shame is shown to have a clear interpersonal function in the sense that it acts as a commitment device.

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Department of Social Psychology, Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands. i.e.dehooge@uvt.nlNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18808269

Citation

de Hooge, Ilona E., et al. "Not so Ugly After All: when Shame Acts as a Commitment Device." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol. 95, no. 4, 2008, pp. 933-43.
de Hooge IE, Breugelmans SM, Zeelenberg M. Not so ugly after all: when shame acts as a commitment device. J Pers Soc Psychol. 2008;95(4):933-43.
de Hooge, I. E., Breugelmans, S. M., & Zeelenberg, M. (2008). Not so ugly after all: when shame acts as a commitment device. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95(4), 933-43. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0011991
de Hooge IE, Breugelmans SM, Zeelenberg M. Not so Ugly After All: when Shame Acts as a Commitment Device. J Pers Soc Psychol. 2008;95(4):933-43. PubMed PMID: 18808269.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Not so ugly after all: when shame acts as a commitment device. AU - de Hooge,Ilona E, AU - Breugelmans,Seger M, AU - Zeelenberg,Marcel, PY - 2008/9/24/pubmed PY - 2008/11/5/medline PY - 2008/9/24/entrez SP - 933 EP - 43 JF - Journal of personality and social psychology JO - J Pers Soc Psychol VL - 95 IS - 4 N2 - Most psychological theories and research on shame focus on the ugly aspects and negative consequences of this emotion. Theories on moral emotions, however, assume that shame acts as a commitment device motivating prosocial behavior. To solve this apparent paradox, the authors studied the effects of shame on prosocial behavior. Shame was hypothesized to motivate prosocial behavior when it was relevant for the decision at hand (endogenous). In contrast, shame that was not relevant for the decision at hand (exogenous) was hypothesized to have no such effects. Four experiments with three different shame inductions and two different measures of prosocial behavior confirmed that endogenous shame motivated prosocial behavior for proselfs but that exogenous shame did not. Shame is shown to have a clear interpersonal function in the sense that it acts as a commitment device. SN - 0022-3514 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18808269/Not_so_ugly_after_all:_when_shame_acts_as_a_commitment_device_ L2 - http://content.apa.org/journals/psp/95/4/933 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -