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Are Cheaters Sexual Hypocrites? Sexual Hypocrisy, the Self-Serving Bias, and Personality Style.
Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2019 10; 45(10):1499-1511.PS

Abstract

This article examines moral hypocrisy and the self-serving bias (SSB) in the sexual infidelity context. We found evidence of self-serving attributions that occur between primary relationship partners following sexual betrayals. Specifically, we found that sexual infidelity perpetrators (a) blamed their primary dyadic partners (i.e., victims) for infidelities significantly more than those victims blamed themselves for such infidelities, (b) blamed the surrounding circumstances for infidelities significantly more than their victims did, and (c) rated the emotional impact of infidelities on their victims as significantly less than victims' ratings of such impact. Moreover, we found that participants with prior experience as both sexual infidelity perpetrators and victims displayed "sexual hypocrisy" by judging others more harshly than themselves for sexually unfaithful behavior. Our findings demonstrate that personality variables associated with sexual infidelity (narcissism, sexual narcissism, avoidant attachment, and primary psychopathy) are also relevant to self-serving attributions in the sexual infidelity context.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, USA.Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, USA.Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

30834816

Citation

Warach, Benjamin, et al. "Are Cheaters Sexual Hypocrites? Sexual Hypocrisy, the Self-Serving Bias, and Personality Style." Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, vol. 45, no. 10, 2019, pp. 1499-1511.
Warach B, Josephs L, Gorman BS. Are Cheaters Sexual Hypocrites? Sexual Hypocrisy, the Self-Serving Bias, and Personality Style. Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2019;45(10):1499-1511.
Warach, B., Josephs, L., & Gorman, B. S. (2019). Are Cheaters Sexual Hypocrites? Sexual Hypocrisy, the Self-Serving Bias, and Personality Style. Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, 45(10), 1499-1511. https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167219833392
Warach B, Josephs L, Gorman BS. Are Cheaters Sexual Hypocrites? Sexual Hypocrisy, the Self-Serving Bias, and Personality Style. Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2019;45(10):1499-1511. PubMed PMID: 30834816.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Are Cheaters Sexual Hypocrites? Sexual Hypocrisy, the Self-Serving Bias, and Personality Style. AU - Warach,Benjamin, AU - Josephs,Lawrence, AU - Gorman,Bernard S, Y1 - 2019/03/05/ PY - 2019/3/6/pubmed PY - 2020/9/23/medline PY - 2019/3/6/entrez KW - moral hypocrisy KW - self-serving bias KW - sexual hypocrisy KW - sexual infidelity SP - 1499 EP - 1511 JF - Personality & social psychology bulletin JO - Pers Soc Psychol Bull VL - 45 IS - 10 N2 - This article examines moral hypocrisy and the self-serving bias (SSB) in the sexual infidelity context. We found evidence of self-serving attributions that occur between primary relationship partners following sexual betrayals. Specifically, we found that sexual infidelity perpetrators (a) blamed their primary dyadic partners (i.e., victims) for infidelities significantly more than those victims blamed themselves for such infidelities, (b) blamed the surrounding circumstances for infidelities significantly more than their victims did, and (c) rated the emotional impact of infidelities on their victims as significantly less than victims' ratings of such impact. Moreover, we found that participants with prior experience as both sexual infidelity perpetrators and victims displayed "sexual hypocrisy" by judging others more harshly than themselves for sexually unfaithful behavior. Our findings demonstrate that personality variables associated with sexual infidelity (narcissism, sexual narcissism, avoidant attachment, and primary psychopathy) are also relevant to self-serving attributions in the sexual infidelity context. SN - 1552-7433 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/30834816/Are_Cheaters_Sexual_Hypocrites_Sexual_Hypocrisy_the_Self_Serving_Bias_and_Personality_Style_ L2 - https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0146167219833392?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -