Moral Disengagement in the Perpetration of Inhumanities

  title={Moral Disengagement in the Perpetration of Inhumanities},
  author={A. Bandura},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Review},
  pages={193 - 209}
  • A. Bandura
  • Published 1 August 1999
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Personality and Social Psychology Review
Moral agency is manifested in both the power to refrain from behaving inhumanely and the proactive power to behave humanely. Moral agency is embedded in a broader sociocognitive self theory encompassing self-organizing, proactive, self-reflective, and self-regulatory mechanisms rooted in personal standards linked to self-sanctions. The self-regulatory mechanisms governing moral conduct do not come into play unless they are activated, and there are many psychosocial maneuvers by which moral self… 
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