social psych - Rachael Wilenta November 30, 2010 Social...

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Rachael Wilenta November 30, 2010 Social Psych Journal Response Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin published a study done by Green, J.D., Burnett, J., and Davis, J.L., in 2008. This article is called Third-party forgiveness: (Not) Forgiving you close other's betrayer. The study was done to show the effects a perpetrator has on a person who cares for the victim but they themselves are not the victim. The experiment was done on intro to psychology students from the age of 17-36. The participants were in a relationship of at least 4 weeks with some being married for multiple years. Two experiments were conducted with the intention of demonstrating the ability of a third party member to forgive or not forgive their friend's offender. Both experiments found it was easier for the victim to forgive their own perpetrator than it was for the third party to forgive him/her. The article also points out that the fundamental attribution error occurs in reverse when a person is in a relationship. They have a tendency to view their own partner's actions as being more benevolent than if it were the partner of a friend. In addition the victim placed less responsibility on their partner for the indiscretion then the third party member did. Third party forgiveness was affected by the fault found with the
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