Less Sympathy, Less Morality

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It is very general to not always react as per our sense of sympathy like while walking past a beggar on the road without giving them a single penny. It might be that you are saving your money or maybe you are preventing to engage with that beggar who is homeless. However if suppressing this sympathy prevents these expenses, it might carry a personal expense of its own, as per a recent study which got printed in Psychological Science. Following this suppression of sympathetic feeling, a trial shows that they lose little commitment to morality. Generally, individuals suppose that ignoring the sympathetic feeling does not have any expense – which you can just suppress and avoid by walking away.

However the author of the paper suspects that this is not true. Sympathy is a strong emotion and can be called as the moral barometer. A feel of other individual’s suffering might even be the root of morality – which recommends that suppressing that feel might make the individuals feel less moral. The investigators proved that each participant in their clinical trial slide show of about 15 images of subjects which encompassed crying babies, homeless people famine and victims of was. Every participant was provided one to three jobs.  Many were asked not to feel sympathetic, many were asked not to feel stressed and the rest were asked to feel whatever emotions come to them.

These guidelines were detailed, asking individuals who were assumed to suppress an emotion particularly what that emotion was and that these individuals should make all efforts to remove them. Following the slide show, these participants were tested, if they actually believed that the moral rules are supposed to be followed every time and how much they valued as being a moral person. Individuals who suppressed sympathy did feel a change in their sense of morality.


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