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The brighter the light, the deeper the shadow: Morality also fuels aggression, conflict, and violence

  • Robert Böhm (a1), Isabel Thielmann (a2) and Benjamin E. Hilbig (a2) (a3)


We argue that, in addition to the positive effects and functionality of morality for interactions among in-group members as outlined in the target article, morality may also fuel aggression and conflict in interactions between morality-based out-groups. We summarize empirical evidence showing that negative cognitions, emotions, and behaviors are particularly likely to appear between out-groups with opposing moral convictions.



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