Compensatory Rationalizations and the Resolution of Everyday Undeserved Outcomes

  title={Compensatory Rationalizations and the Resolution of Everyday Undeserved Outcomes},
  author={Danielle Gaucher and C. Hafer and Aaron C Kay and Nicolas Davidenko},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={109 - 118}
People prefer to perceive the world as just; however, the everyday experience of undeserved events challenges this perception.The authors suggest that one way people rationalize these daily experiences of unfairness is by means of a compensatory bias. People make undeserved events more palatable by endorsing the notion that outcomes naturally balance out in the end—good, yet undeserved, outcomes will balance out bad outcomes, and bad undeserved outcomes will balance out good outcomes.The… Expand

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