tireless collector of intellectual tchotchkes and serious analysis
alike, has dug up another good question: "Does feeling like a victim
make you selfish?" The question comes from Eric Barker
. He poses it after viewing the abstract of a particularly fascinating study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
experiments demonstrated that feeling wronged leads to a sense of
entitlement and to selfish behavior. In Experiment 1, participants
instructed to recall a time when their lives were unfair were more
likely to refuse to help the experimenter with a supplementary task
than were participants who recalled a time when they were bored. In
Experiment 2, the same manipulation increased intentions to engage in a
number of selfish behaviors ... In Experiment 3, participants who lost
at a computer game for an unfair reason (a glitch in the program)
requested a more selfish money allocation for a future task than did
participants who lost the game for a fair reason ... .
Do we get selfish when we feel wronged?
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