Noor, M and Halabi, S (2018) Can we forgive a militant outgroup member?: The role of perspective‐taking. Asian Journal of Social Psychology. ISSN 1367-2223

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Abstract

Whereas previous research has commonly studied the effects of perspective-taking for harmless targets, we examined whether the effect of perspective-taking might extend to a violent outgroup target. That is, our target not only held members of the adversary group responsible for his plight but also issued a severe threat to them (suicide bombing). We report findings from two studies that were conducted within the intergroup relations between Israelis and Palestinians, defined by a prolonged and violent conflict. Study 1 found that perspective-taking with a radicalised and threatening Palestinian target could successfully be induced among Israeli participants and as a result led to their improved motivation to forgive the target. Study 2 directly manipulated threat in addition to perspective-taking. Irrespective of the presence of threat, perspective-taking led to improved motivation to forgive the target as well as to increased interpersonal liking for the target. Increased liking mediated fully the effect of perspective-taking on forgiveness. Theoretical and practical implications of this research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Wiley at http://doi.org/http://doi.org/10.1111/ajsp.12328 - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Perspective-taking, threat, forgiveness, interpersonal liking, intergroup conflict
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2018 14:08
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2018 14:10
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/5131

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