Self-compassion decreases acceptance of own immoral behaviors

Xue WANG, Zhansheng CHEN, Kai Tak POON, Fei TENG, Shenghua JIN

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Self-compassion, which is a kind attitude toward oneself, has been well documented to promote psychological health. This research extended the literature by examining how self-compassion would predict the acceptance of one's own immoral behavior. Study 1 recruited participants in China, measured their trait self-compassion, and instructed them to judge hypothetical moral transgressions. Study 2 recruited participants in the United States, manipulated state self-compassion, and measured judgments on real immoral behaviors. Two studies, with samples from different cultures, consistently revealed that higher self-compassionate people accepted their own moral transgressions less. These findings not only enrich the literature about how self-compassionate individuals react to their own moral violations but also link self-compassion to moral behaviors and concerns. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-333
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Early online dateNov 2016
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017


Wang, X., Chen, Z., Poon, K.-T., Teng, F., & Jin, S. (2017). Self-compassion decreases acceptance of own immoral behaviors. Personality and Individual Differences, 106, 329-333.


  • Self-compassion
  • Morality
  • Moral judgment
  • Moral transgression


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