The exemplary social emotion guilt: Not so relationship-oriented when another person repairs for you

  title={The exemplary social emotion guilt: Not so relationship-oriented when another person repairs for you},
  author={Ilona E. de Hooge},
  journal={Cognition and Emotion},
  pages={1189 - 1207}
Guilt is considered by many researchers to be the hallmark social emotion. Guilt theories perceive guilt to be a negative emotion with positive interpersonal consequences, and empirical research has shown guilt to motivate prosocial behaviours aimed at restoring the relationship with one's victims. The current research questions the relationship-oriented nature of this emotion. Five experiments reveal that when a person repairs the transgressor's damage caused to a victim, the transgressor's… 

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