How to Reduce the Harshness of Interpersonal judgments: A test of Multiple Mechanisms
Kesebir, Selin, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia
Haidt, Jonathan, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia
The current studies test multiple mechanisms that might make people less harsh in their everyday judgments. Studies 1 and 2 measure the effect of taking the offender's perspective on judgmental harshness. Study 3 pits ten different mechanisms against each other and finds that experiencing moral humility, thinking of advice from wise people, and perspective-taking are the most effective mechanisms to reduce judgmental harshness. Situational and individual difference predictors of judgmental harshness are examined.
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PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
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