Rationalization in act and problematic behaviour justification


  • Valérie Fointiat

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    1. Département de psychologie, Université de Poitiers, France
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This paper addresses the alternate aspect of the rationalization process. Requiring individuals to provide justification for a problematic behaviour renders its cognitive rationalization easier and makes a rationalization in act less probable. The effect of rationalization in act decreases the individual's focus in his justification. © 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.