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The Paradoxical Consequences of Revenge


Kevin M. Carlsmith


Colgate University - Psychology Department

Timothy Wilson


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Daniel Gilbert


affiliation not provided to SSRN

September 29, 2008

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Forthcoming

Abstract:     
People expect to reap hedonic rewards when they punish an offender, but in at least some instances, revenge has hedonic consequences that are precisely opposite to those that people expect. Three studies showed that: (a) one reason for this is that people who punish continue to ruminate about the offender, whereas those who do not punish "move on" and think less about the offender, and; (b) people fail to appreciate the different affective consequences of witnessing and instigating punishment.

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Keywords: punishment, revenge, affect, rumination

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Date posted: October 3, 2008  

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Carlsmith, Kevin M. and Wilson, Timothy and Gilbert, Daniel, The Paradoxical Consequences of Revenge (September 29, 2008). Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1277905

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Kevin M. Carlsmith (Contact Author)
Colgate University - Psychology Department ( email )
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346
United States
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