Moral Vitalism

  title={Moral Vitalism},
  author={Brock Bastian and Paul G. Bain and Michael D. Buhrmester and {\'A}ngel G{\'o}mez and Alexandra V{\'a}zquez and Clinton G. Knight and William B. Swann},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={1069 - 1081}
  • B. Bastian, P. Bain, W. Swann
  • Published 1 August 2015
  • Psychology, Philosophy
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Moral vitalism refers to a tendency to view good and evil as actual forces that can influence people and events. We introduce a scale designed to assess the belief in moral vitalism. High scorers on the scale endorse items such as “There are underlying forces of good and evil in this world.” After establishing the reliability and criterion validity of the scale (Studies 1, 2a, and 2b), we examined the predictive validity of the moral vitalism scale, showing that “moral vitalists” worry about… 

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