Have Your Cake and Make Her Eat It Too: Sabotaging Others While Maintaining Moral Self-Integrity

Stephanie Lin, Stanford University, USA
S. Christian Wheeler, Stanford University, USA
Szu-chi Huang, Stanford University, USA
We show that people are motivated to sabotage close others when they experience self-threat, but act on this motivation primarily when they feel that sabotage is morally justifiable. Furthermore, we find that people who are threatened in one domain (e.g. academia) may sabotage close others in another (e.g. dieting).
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Stephanie Lin, S. Christian Wheeler, and Szu-chi Huang (2014) ,"Have Your Cake and Make Her Eat It Too: Sabotaging Others While Maintaining Moral Self-Integrity", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 42, eds. June Cotte and Stacy Wood, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 580-581.