Collectivism and the meaning of suffering.

  title={Collectivism and the meaning of suffering.},
  author={Daniel Sullivan and Mark Jordan Landau and Aaron C. Kay and Zachary K. Rothschild},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={103 6},
People need to understand why an instance of suffering occurred and what purpose it might have. One widespread account of suffering is a repressive suffering construal (RSC): interpreting suffering as occurring because people deviate from social norms and as having the purpose of reinforcing the social order. Based on the theorizing of Emile Durkheim and… CONTINUE READING