Fleischmann, Alexandra ORCID: 0000-0001-8290-4561, Lammers, Joris ORCID: 0000-0002-2647-121X, Conway, Paul and Galinsky, Adam D. . Kant be Compared: People High in Social Comparison Orientation Make Fewer-Not More-Deontological Decisions in Sacrificial Dilemmas. Soc. Psychol. Personal Sci.. THOUSAND OAKS: SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC. ISSN 1948-5514

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Abstract

The current work tests whether the dispositional tendency to compare oneself to others-social comparison orientation (SCO)-impacts decisions in moral dilemmas. Past research offers two competing predictions for how SCO impacts moral decision making: (a) SCO increases deontological judgments because people high in SCO care especially about social norms versus (b) SCO decreases deontological judgments because people high in SCO are competitive and thus unconcerned about causing harm to others. Four studies (two preregistered) find consistent support that SCO decreases deontological decisions. This relationship was robust in employing conventional (Study 1) and process dissociation (Studies 2-4) dilemma analytic techniques. Furthermore, we find that psychopathy uniquely mediates decreased deontological decisions among people high in SCO (Study 4). These results indicate that high-SCO people make fewer deontological decisions because they are less concerned with causing harm. Overall, the current research suggests that there is a dark side to making social comparisons.

Item Type: Journal Article
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Fleischmann, AlexandraUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0001-8290-4561UNSPECIFIED
Lammers, JorisUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0002-2647-121XUNSPECIFIED
Conway, PaulUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Galinsky, Adam D.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-323806
DOI: 10.1177/1948550620947294
Journal or Publication Title: Soc. Psychol. Personal Sci.
Publisher: SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC
Place of Publication: THOUSAND OAKS
ISSN: 1948-5514
Language: English
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
KeywordsLanguage
PROCESS-DISSOCIATION; INDIVIDUAL-DIFFERENCES; UTILITARIAN JUDGMENTS; DARK TRIAD; PERSONALITY; MORALITY; CONSEQUENCES; REFLECTION; RESPONSES; CAPACITYMultiple languages
Psychology, SocialMultiple languages
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/32380

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