Catharsis, aggression, and persuasive influence: self-fulfilling or self-defeating prophecies?

@article{Bushman1999CatharsisAA,
  title={Catharsis, aggression, and persuasive influence: self-fulfilling or self-defeating prophecies?},
  author={Brad J. Bushman and Roy F. Baumeister and A Stack},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={1999},
  volume={76 3},
  pages={
          367-76
        }
}
  • Brad J. Bushman, Roy F. Baumeister, A Stack
  • Published in
    Journal of personality and…
    1999
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Does media endorsement for catharsis produce a self-fulfilling or a self-defeating prophecy? In Study 1, participants who read a procatharsis message (claiming that aggressive action is a good way to relax and reduce anger) subsequently expressed a greater desire to hit a punching bag than did participants who read an anticatharsis message. In Study 2, participants read the same messages and then actually did hit a punching bag. This exercise was followed by an opportunity to engage in… CONTINUE READING

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