Title

Meaningful Outrage: Anger At Injustice Bolsters Meaning For Justice Sensitive Individuals

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-1-2022

School

Psychology

Abstract

Individuals are frequently exposed to media describing salient moral violations, often eliciting negative reactions. Three studies examined whether the outrage engendered by such news may serve as a source of personal meaning for justice sensitive individuals. Using an experience sampling method, Study 1 found that among high (but not low) justice sensitive individuals, outrage (but not sadness) at unethical/unjust news content predicted greater personal meaning. Employing an experimental paradigm, Study 2 found that the opportunity to express outrage at third‐party harm‐doing attenuated a threat‐induced reduction in personal meaning among high (but not low) justice sensitive participants. Study 3 found that giving justice sensitive participants the opportunity to affirm the meaningfulness of their own life (vs. another person's life or no affirmation) reduced expressions of outrage at third‐party harm‐doing. Results suggest outrage may uniquely serve a meaning‐maintenance function for those who view upholding justice as a central value. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

Publication Title

European Journal of Social Psychology

Volume

52

Issue

1

First Page

124

Last Page

146

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