The Power of Proverbs: Dissonance Reduction through Common Sayings.

  title={The Power of Proverbs: Dissonance Reduction through Common Sayings.},
  author={D. R. Stalder},
  • D. R. Stalder
  • Published 2010
  • Psychology
  • After reading a detailed account of a serious mistake in which a similar-age other went against personal values or a prior commitment, undergraduates rated their feelings of dissonance (regret, hypocrisy, and stupidity) had they been in the actor's place. Relative to a control condition, reading relevant proverbs such as "everybody makes mistakes" or "live and learn" significantly reduced feelings of dissonance in men but not women. For men but not women, perceived applicability of the proverbs… CONTINUE READING
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