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Personal failure makes society seem fonder: An inquiry into the roots of social interdependence

Bastian, Brock and Orehek, Edward and Kruglanski, Arie W. (2018) Personal failure makes society seem fonder: An inquiry into the roots of social interdependence. PLOS ONE, 13 (8). ISSN 1932-6203

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A universal consideration among people concerns the relative premium placed on social interdependence relative to self-reliant independence. While interdependence requires submission to social constraints, it also offers empowerment through coalition. While independence fosters freedom, it also imposes individual responsibility for attained outcomes whether good or bad. In four studies we obtain the first direct evidence that failure prompts a shift toward interdependence. Implications are discussed for conditions under which people are driven to collective action.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Bastian, Brock
Orehek, Edwardorehek@pitt.eduorehek
Kruglanski, Arie W.
Date: 2018
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: PLOS ONE
Volume: 13
Number: 8
Publisher: Public Library of Science
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201361
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1932-6203
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Funders: Science and Technology directorate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Naval Research
Article Type: Research Article
Date Deposited: 13 May 2020 16:41
Last Modified: 13 May 2020 16:41


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