Other-serving double standards: People show moral hypercrisy in close relationships

Weiss A, Burgmer P (2021)
Journal of Social and Personal Relationships: 02654075211022836.

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Weiss, AlexaUniBi; Burgmer, Pascal
Abstract / Bemerkung
Extending research on self-serving double moral standards (hypocrisy), we examine the reverse pattern of other-serving hypercrisy toward close relationship partners. In three studies (N = 1,019), for various imagined transgressions, people made more lenient moral judgments for their close friends (Studies 1 & 2) and romantic partners (Study 3) compared to themselves. This hypercrisy effect emerged both for transgressions toward third parties (Study 1) and toward each other (i.e., within the relationship; Studies 2 & 3). Moreover, it was moderated by perceptions of the relationship: Participants who more strongly believed their relationship to be a zero-sum game (i.e., needs can only be met competitively) showed greater leniency for themselves and attenuated hypercrisy for mutual transgressions (Studies 2 & 3). Investigating people's close others rather than strangers as targets of moral judgment thus suggests that other-serving hypercrisy is more prevalent than previously thought, but sensitive to people's conceptualizations of their relationships.
Stichworte
Close relationships; double moral standards; moral hypercrisy; moral; hypocrisy; moral judgment; zero-sum beliefs
Erscheinungsjahr
2021
Zeitschriftentitel
Journal of Social and Personal Relationships
Art.-Nr.
02654075211022836
ISSN
0265-4075
eISSN
1460-3608
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2956256

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Weiss A, Burgmer P. Other-serving double standards: People show moral hypercrisy in close relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. 2021: 02654075211022836.
Weiss, A., & Burgmer, P. (2021). Other-serving double standards: People show moral hypercrisy in close relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 02654075211022836. https://doi.org/10.1177/02654075211022836
Weiss, A., and Burgmer, P. (2021). Other-serving double standards: People show moral hypercrisy in close relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships:02654075211022836.
Weiss, A., & Burgmer, P., 2021. Other-serving double standards: People show moral hypercrisy in close relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, : 02654075211022836.
A. Weiss and P. Burgmer, “Other-serving double standards: People show moral hypercrisy in close relationships”, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 2021, : 02654075211022836.
Weiss, A., Burgmer, P.: Other-serving double standards: People show moral hypercrisy in close relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. : 02654075211022836 (2021).
Weiss, Alexa, and Burgmer, Pascal. “Other-serving double standards: People show moral hypercrisy in close relationships”. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships (2021): 02654075211022836.

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