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ERIC Number: EJ898844
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun-22
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1088-7423
The Power of Proverbs: Dissonance Reduction through Common Sayings
Stalder, Daniel R.
Current Research in Social Psychology, v15 n7 Jun 2010
After reading a detailed account of a serious mistake in which a similar-age other went against personal values or a prior commitment, undergraduates rated their feelings of dissonance (regret, hypocrisy, and stupidity) had they been in the actor's place. Relative to a control condition, reading relevant proverbs such as "everybody makes mistakes" or "live and learn" significantly reduced feelings of dissonance in men but not women. For men but not women, perceived applicability of the proverbs also predicted trivialization of the mistake. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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