A bumpy train ride: A field experiment on insult, culture of honor, and emotional reactions

H. IJzerman, W. van Dijk, M. Gallucci

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The present research examined the relationship between adherence to honor norms and emotional reactions after an insult. Participants were 42 Dutch male train travelers, half of whom were insulted by a confederate who bumped into the participant and made a degrading remark. Compared with insulted participants with a weak adherence to honor norms, insulted participants with a strong adherence to honor norms were (a) more angry, (b) less joyful, (c) less fearful, and (d) less resigned. Moreover, insulted participants with a strong adherence to honor norms perceived more anger in subsequent stimuli than not-insulted participants with a strong adherence to these norms. The present findings support a direct relationship among insult, adherence to honor norms, and emotional reactions. © 2007 American Psychological Association.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEmotion
Volume7
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Publication statusPublished - 2007

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