When i’m right you’re wrong: attitude correctness facilitates anger and approach motivation toward opposing individuals

Elizabeth M. Niedbala, Zachary P. Hohman, Jada S. Elleby

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Abstract

Attitude correctness and attitude clarity define the broader concept, attitude certainty. Repeating one’s attitude to oneself causes attitude clarity, while learning that the majority of others agree with you causes attitude correctness. The current research tests how attitude correctness influences emotions and behavioral intentions toward individuals with opposing attitudes. We predicted that compared to clarity, those high in attitude correctness would feel more anger toward an opposing individual and a stronger desire to confront, oppose, and argue with them. Results across two studies supported predictions; believing that you hold the same attitude as the majority sparks feelings of anger toward individuals with differing viewpoints. The current work contributes to our understanding of heated debates and ugly confrontations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-162
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Influence
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2018

Keywords

  • Attitude correctness
  • anger
  • approach motivation
  • social consensus

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