The emotional side of prejudice: The attribution of secondary emotions to ingroups and outgroups

  • Leyens J
  • Paladino P
  • Rodriguez-Torres R
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Abstract

If people favor their ingroup, are especially concerned with their own group, and attribute different essences to different groups, it follows that their essence must be superior to the essence of other groups. Intelligence, language, and certain emotions are all considered to be distinctive elements of human nature or essence. The role of intelligence and language in discrimination, prejudice, and racism has already been largely investigated, and this article focuses on attributed emotions. Specifically, we investigate the idea that secondary emotions are typically human characteristics, and as such, they should be especially associated with and attributed to the ingroup. Secondary emotions may even be denied to outgroups. These differential associations and attributions of specifically human emotions to ingroups versus outgroups should affect intergroup relations. Results from several initial experiments are summarized that support our reasoning. This emotional approach to prejudice and racism is contrasted with more classic, cognitive perspectives.

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Authors

  • Jacques Philippe Leyens

  • Paola M. Paladino

  • Ramon Rodriguez-Torres

  • Jeroen Vaes

  • Stéphanie Demoulin

  • Armando Rodriguez-Perez

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