31.Slides - The rocky road from moral judgments to moral...

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The rocky road from moral judgments to moral behavior Adult moral behavior is guided by moral standards and self-control Distorting our standards or deactivating our internal moral controls can lead to “evil” behavior Strategies of moral disengagement (Albert Bandura) 8 ways people do bad things without feeling guilty
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1. Moral justification People do not usually engage in harmful conduct until they have justified the morality of their actions to themselves
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1. Moral justification Goals that can make killing acceptable: “An eye for an eye” Fighting ruthless oppressors Protecting cherished values Preserving world peace Saving humanity from subjugation/conquest Honoring your country’s commitments
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1. Moral justification Violent acts mean different things to different people At the time, your own violence always seems justified Most who commit destructive behavior are fairly decent Post-traumatic stress disorder of soldiers
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2. Euphemistic labeling
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31.Slides - The rocky road from moral judgments to moral...

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