Shame on You: How Honor Values, Shame, and Anger Affect the Willingness to Retaliate

Posted: 15 Dec 2008  

Sophia Fieke Harinck

Universiteit Leiden

Bianca Beersma

University of Amsterdam

Pieter Fabian van Hoorne

Leiden University

Razia Ghauharali

Leiden University

Date Written: November 9, 2008

Abstract

This research shows that shame plays an important role in retaliation for participants from an honor culture, an even more important role than anger. In a scenario study (N = 77), comparing insulted and non-insulted participants from honor cultures and nonhonor cultures, participants responded to a situation in which they had a conflict with a peer. Results showed that participants from honor cultures felt more shame, more anger, more willingness to retaliate and more metashame (the extent to which they think that other people think they should feel ashamed) than participants from nonhonor cultures, but only when they were insulted during the conflict. Moreover, regression analyses showed that feelings of shame were more predictive of willingness to retaliate than feelings of anger. This research highlights the role of shame in retaliation, and suggests that shame requires a different kind of conflict management than anger.

Suggested Citation

Harinck, Sophia Fieke and Beersma, Bianca and van Hoorne, Pieter Fabian and Ghauharali, Razia, Shame on You: How Honor Values, Shame, and Anger Affect the Willingness to Retaliate (November 9, 2008). IACM 21st Annual Conference Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1298534

Sophia Fieke Harinck (Contact Author)

Universiteit Leiden ( email )

2333 CA Leiden
Netherlands

Bianca Beersma

University of Amsterdam ( email )

Roetersstraat 15
Amsterdam, 1018 WB
Netherlands
+31 20 525 6860 (Phone)
+31 20 639 0531 (Fax)

Pieter Fabian Van Hoorne

Leiden University

Postbus 9500
Leiden, 2300 RA
Netherlands

Razia Ghauharali

Leiden University ( email )

Postbus 9500
Leiden, 2300 RA
Netherlands

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