Social cuing of guilt by anger and of shame by disgust

Giner-Sorolla, Roger and Espinosa, Pablo (2011) Social cuing of guilt by anger and of shame by disgust. Psychological Science, 22 (1). pp. 49-53. ISSN 0956-7976. E-ISSN 1467-9280. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797610392925) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Scholars have proposed a conceptual structure for the self-critical moral emotions of guilt and shame and the other-critical emotions of anger and disgust. In this model, guilt is linked with anger and shame with disgust. This relationship may express itself in asymmetrical social cuing between emotions: In a social context, other people’s angry facial expressions may communicate that the target should feel guilty, and other people’s disgusted facial expressions may communicate that the target should feel ashamed. We conducted two experiments, one in the United Kingdom and the other in Spain, in which participants were shown pictures of faces expressing either anger or disgust. Participants rated the degree to which the faces would make them feel guilt or shame in a casual social encounter, and they answered questions about inferences concerning the emotional expressions. In both studies, angry expressions led to greater guilt and less shame than did disgusted expressions. This relationship was explained better by the type of norm violation inferred than by whether the violation was thought to involve the target’s action or personality versus the target’s character.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: social cues, guilt, anger, shame, disgust, emotions, facial expressions, Anger, Disgust, Emotions, Facial Expressions, Guilt, Shame, Social Processes
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Roger Giner-Sorolla
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2013 11:47 UTC
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2014 11:25 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36647 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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