Cleansing the soul by hurting the flesh: The guilt-reducing effect of pain

Bastian, Brock, Jetten, Jolanda and Fasoli, Fabio (2011) Cleansing the soul by hurting the flesh: The guilt-reducing effect of pain. Psychological Science, 22 3: 334-335. doi:10.1177/0956797610397058


Author Bastian, Brock
Jetten, Jolanda
Fasoli, Fabio
Title Cleansing the soul by hurting the flesh: The guilt-reducing effect of pain
Journal name Psychological Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0956-7976
1467-9280
Publication date 2011-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0956797610397058
Volume 22
Issue 3
Start page 334
End page 335
Total pages 2
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, U.S.A.
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Why are pain and suffering believed to serve as atonement for sin? One reason may be that the experience of physical pain alleviates feelings of guilt associated with immoral behavior (Tangney, Stuewig, & Mashek, 2007). There has been very little research on the psychological benefits of experiencing pain. We tested two hypotheses relating to when and why people are likely to be motivated to experience pain—that people should be more motivated to subject themselves to a painful experience when they are reminded of their own immoral deeds, and that the experience of pain should reduce feelings of guilt.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print January 18 2011.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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