Audrey S. Ng, Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore; Eddie M. W. Tong, Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore.
The relation between implicit theories of personality and forgiveness
Article first published online: 1 NOV 2012
Copyright © 2012 IARR
Volume 20, Issue 3, pages 479–494, September 2013
How to Cite
NG, A. S. and TONG, E. M. W. (2013), The relation between implicit theories of personality and forgiveness. Personal Relationships, 20: 479–494. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2012.01419.x
- Issue published online: 3 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 1 NOV 2012
This research examined the effect of implicit theories of personality on interpersonal forgiveness and the mediating mechanism underlying this effect. Two experiments show that incremental personality theorists are less forgiving than entity personality theorists and that this difference can be explained by the incremental theorists’ stronger tendency to appraise the transgressor as responsible for causing the hurtful event. The same findings were obtained regardless of whether forgiveness was measured by self-report or assessed as responses to anger words in a latency response task.