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The sources of moral motivation

Studies on empathy, guilt, shame and values

Silfver-Kuhalampi Mia

This study focuses on the motivational forces behind moral behavior: the emotions of empathy, guilt, and shame, and personal value priorities. The different forms of guilt and shame and their implications to social behavior are analyzed based on students’ descriptions of personal guilt and shame experiences. The connections between empathy and guilt as well as between emotional tendencies and value priorities are studied using questionnaire data. Gender differences in emotional tendencies and values are also addressed, and the cultural features of these differences are shown by comparing samples of Finnish and Peruvian adolescents. This book offers a detailed review of the literature on moral emotions and values, and four articles that approach the topic from different perspectives. It can be useful to students and researchers interested in moral emotions and values.


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  • Publisher Sosiaalipsykologia (Helsingin yliopisto)
    Release-year 2009
    Page-count 214
    Language English
    Series Social Psychological Studies
    Appearance B5,pehmeäkantinen
    ISBN 9789521051920
    ISSN 1457-0475