Social Motivation, Justice, and the Moral Emotions: An Attributional Approach

1st Edition

Bernard Weiner

Psychology Press
Published August 10, 2005
Reference - 242 Pages
ISBN 9780805855272 - CAT# ER8196

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Summary

Social Motivation, Justice, and the Moral Emotions proposes an attribution theory of interpersonal or social motivation that distinguishes between the role of thinking and feeling in determining action. The place of this theory within the larger fields of motivation and attributional analyses is explored. It features new thoughts concerning social motivation on such topics as help giving, aggression, achievement evaluation, compliance to commit a transgression, as well as new contributions to the understanding of social justice. Included also is material on moral emotions, with discussions of admiration, contempt, envy, gratitude, and other affects not considered in Professor Weiner's prior work. The text also contains previously unexamined topics regarding social inferences of arrogance and modesty.

Divided into five chapters, this book:
*considers the logical development and structure of a proposed theory of social motivation and justice;
*reviews meta-analytic tests of the theory within the contexts of help giving and aggression and examines issues related to cultural and individual differences;
*focuses on moral emotions including an analysis of admiration, envy, gratitude, jealousy, scorn, and others;
*discusses conditions where reward decreases motivation while punishment augments strivings; and
*provides applications that are beneficial in the classroom, in therapy, and in training programs.

This book appeals to practicing and research psychologists and advanced students in social, educational, personality, political/legal, health, and clinical psychology. It will also serve as a supplement in courses on motivational psychology, emotion and motivation, altruism and/or pro-social behavior, aggression, social judgment, and morality. Also included is the raw material for 13 experiments relating to core predictions of the proposed attribution theory.

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