The politics of embarrassment

Within the last year, expressions of second-hand embarrassment on Twitter significantly increased. We show how this relates to the current situation in U.S. politics under Trump and provide two explanations for why peopl
Within the last year, expressions of second-hand embarrassment on Twitter significantly increased. We show how this relates to the current situation in U.S. politics under Trump and provide two explanations for why people feel this way in response to his actions. First, compared to former politicians, Trump’s norm violations seem intentional. Second, intentional norm violations specifically threaten the social integrity of in-group members—in this case, U.S citizens. We theorize that these strong, frequent and widespread feelings of second-hand embarrassment motivate political actions to prevent further harm to individuals’ self-concept and protect their social integrity.
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Author:Frieder M. Paulus, Laura Müller-Pinzler, Dar Meshi, Tai-Quan Peng, Marina Martinez Mateo, Sören Krach
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30:3-276070
URL:https://psyarxiv.com/pk4hc/
DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.17605/OSF.IO/PK4HC
Parent Title (German):PsyArXiv Preprints
Document Type:Preprint
Language:English
Year of Completion:2017
Date of first Publication:2017/10/09
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2017/10/29
Volume:15
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CC-By Attribution 4.0 International
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Als endgültige Fassung erschienen in: Frontiers in communication, 4.2019, Art. 11, doi:10.3389/fcomm.2019.00011
HeBIS PPN:424198770
Institutes:Philosophie
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychologie
320 Politikwissenschaft
Sammlungen:Universitätspublikationen
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0

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