Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The practical impact of repentance

Some of the studies revealed an impulse for "moral cleansing": When our moral self-image is threatened, we want to restore it—to add moral credits to the account. Research indicates that writing about our negative traits, or recalling our own sketchy behavior, prompts a surge of virtue.
--Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow, Slate, on how confessing our sins promotes goodness

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There's a catch, though -- if your concept of 'virtue' is totally twisted, then this leads to stuff like the Spanish Inquisition.