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Recognizing religion's dark side: Religious ritual increases antisociality and hinders self-control

  • Nicholas M. Hobson (a1) and Michael Inzlicht (a1)

The target article develops an account of religious prosociality that is driven by increases in self-control. We suggest this account is incomplete. Although religion might increase prosociality to the in-group, it decreases it to the much larger out-group. Rituals, for example, lead to out-group derogation. We also challenge the link between religion and improved self-control, offering evidence that religion hinders self-control.

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