Strong commitment in one’s relationships promotes positive mental events and forgiveness. This is according to a 2002 study by Finkel and colleagues from Carnegie Mellon University. They defined commitment as the intent to persist or the decision to remain dependent on the partner. Betrayal, meanwhile, is arguably one of the hardest things to forgive in any relationship. When people are betrayed, they often find it difficult to withdraw from the negative emotions that accompany the act.
Finkel and colleagues conducted three separate studies to explore the relationship between commitment and forgiveness: (1) a priming experiment, (2) a cross-sectional survey study, and (3) an interaction record study. . The authors believed that there would be a positive association between commitment and forgiveness and Study 1 found that individuals, who are highly committed to their partners, are more likely to forgive acts of betrayal. Study 2 and 3 looked at if mental events would bring about the association between commitment and behavior. Study 2 found that highly committed individuals had more positive immediate and delayed behaviors, immediate and delayed cognitive interpretations, and delayed emotional reactions however they had more negative emotional reactions. Study 3 demonstrated that when individuals are highly committed, even in acts of betrayal, they are more likely to look at the act with more positive emotion, cognition, and behavior. They also found that, the association of commitment with forgiveness was significantly affected by both cognitive interpretations and emotional reactions to the betrayal.
Mackenzie is a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Human Development and Sociology. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in May 2018, she plans on going to graduate school for Social Work.
Finkel, E. J., Rusbult, C. E., Kumashiro, M., & Hannon, P. A. (2002). Dealing with betrayal in close relationships: Does commitment promote forgiveness? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82(6), 956-974. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0022-3522.214.171.1246
In this trailer for season 2 of All the Rage, Ryan and Chuck provide a sneak peak at what the show we’ll be covering this time around.
Focused exclusively on human trafficking, season 2 includes interviews with national experts on sex and labor trafficking, survivors, care providers, police officers, and more. The first episode comes out on October 17, 2017.
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I gave a talk tonight on anger for the UW-System Alumni Link event here in Green Bay. During the talk, I provided six anger-related facts and promised they could find more information on Twitter or via Facebook.
I also promised I would tweet out a survey where they could learn more about the types of angry thoughts they may have. Here is that survey.
Here are the six facts with links to additional information:
- Anger is one of the four most basic emotions along with sadness, fear, and joy. Learn more.
- Witnessing aggressive expressions of anger at work leads to a decrease in creativity and productivity. Learn more.
- A fair workplace, where employees understand decisions and feel they are treated with respect, is associated with less employee anger and greater productivity. Learn more.
- Research shows that women who express anger at work lose influence over their peers, whereas men tend to gain credibility when they express anger. Learn more.
- Anger is the most viral emotion online, spreading faster than sadness, fear, or joy. Learn more.
- Letting it out (aka catharsis) doesn’t work; it likely makes things worse. Learn more.
Spoke with Christopher Gabriel, guest hosting for the Jordana Green Show on WCCO Radio (May 19th, 9pm).
In this short episode, Chuck and Ryan talk about the health-care bill that the House of Representatives passed a few weeks ago. They based their discussion on the data from this article: www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-li….06e9c72b8367
In this short episode, Chuck and Ryan follow-up on their discussions of toxic masculinity by responding to the tweets, posts, and emails they’ve received on the topic.
In this episode, Ryan and Chuck talk about pet peeves and the science behind them. Meanwhile, Alexandra talks with people about some of their pet peeves, we provide some anger-management tips, and end with what’s making us angry this week.
1. It’s Been Around Since the 1980’s: Sexual Assault Awareness Month, otherwise known as SAAM, was established in the 1980’s. SAAM was created after organizers made October the month of awareness of domestic violence. Later, the National Coalition against Sexual Assault questioned activists on the week they would like to bring awareness to sexual assault. Activists chose one week in April. By the 1990’s, several sexual assault awareness events were provided throughout the month of April. Consequently, activists wanted to modify the week of Sexual Assault Awareness into Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In 2001, Sexual Assault Awareness was officially recognized by the United States as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
2. The Goal is to Educate the Public on How to Prevent Sexual Assault: Organizers wanted to create a time of awareness for sexual assault and educate the public on ways to prevent sexual assault from happening. Organizers hoped to encourage individuals to work together to help sexual assault survivors and end rape culture.
3. It’s Represented By a Teal Ribbon: SAAM is represented by a teal ribbon. The teal ribbon signifies sexual violence prevention.
4. The Intended Audience is… Everyone: Resources and events are intended for the public. This includes parents, educators, coaches, spiritual leaders, and students of all ages. These events and activities are geared towards specific groups such as college students who are part of a Greek Life.
5. You Can Help With the SAAM Action Kit: Every year, activists and the public create posters, clothing, postcards, and coloring pages to inform people about SAAM. Furthermore, organizers designed an action kit that contains several useful resources. The action kit contains several pages of information about SAAM, how to bring awareness to the public, and numerous posters that individuals are able to print off and hang up around their communities. All resources are presented in different languages, including Spanish and English. Social media sites are another great place that SAAM organizers want the public to utilize. On Instagram, people can include #30DaysofSAAM in their posts. Additionally, people can promote SAAM during the month of April using #SAAM in their Twitter and Facebook posts.
Want to learn more? Visit the official SAAM website here: http://www.nsvrc.org/saam
In this short episode, Kate Farley (UW-Green Bay Instructional Technologist and All the Rage Producer) and Alexandra Graff (Intern and Student at UW-Green Bay) talk about the brief history of internet trolling and the effects it has on individuals. Plus, Alexandra talks with Jonathan Bishop, the founder of the Center for Research into Online Communities and e-Learning Systems.
My work made it’s way into BBC Radio’s The Digital Human.