People would NOT surrender a family member if they had committed a crime because scientists warn that & # 39; morality will disappear from the window when it comes to loved ones & # 39;
- Researchers tested how people react after a family member commits a crime
- Looked at data from 2,800 people in ten separate studies to make the findings
- Found people protect family members more when the crime is extremely serious
People are willing to compare their sense of right and wrong when it comes to their own family, even if it means breaking the law.
A University of Michigan study found that when a member of the family behaves aborrent, people are often inclined to protect them.
Family protection takes place for every moral offense, but becomes more intense when a person is guilty of serious events, such as theft, blackmail and groping.
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A University of Michigan study found that when a member of the family behaves aborrent, people are often inclined to protect them. The family closing ranks were seen when moral offenses were committed, but are reinforced for serious events such as theft, blackmail and groping (stock)
The study authors said in the newspaper, published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, that they were surprised that people became more protective of a loved one as the seriousness of the crime increased.
& # 39; We were really stunned to see that most people predict that they will even protect those close to them from horrific moral offenses, & # 39; said Aaron Weidman, a psychology researcher and co-lead author of the study.
The whim of human nature was seen regardless of gender, political orientation, morality or personal disgust by the crime.
The study collected responses from more than 2,800 people in ten separate surveys on how they would respond if someone in their neighborhood committed theft or sexual harassment.
Participants were questioned about how they would respond if a police officer asked them if they knew information about an immoral act they had seen.
It revealed that people would hide the truth and even lie, a crime, to protect their families.
The whim of human nature was seen regardless of gender, political orientation, morality or personal disgust by the offense. Most people justify their decision by claiming to have punished the crime itself (stock)
But the same standards were not used for strangers, with participants wanting the offender to be punished and saying they would consider informing the authorities and even socially banning them.
Most people justify their decision by claiming that they themselves have punished injustice.
By doing this, people maintain their self-image as a morally high individual, and maintain the close relationship, the researchers said.
& # 39; Loyalty is a powerful motivator that can destroy other virtues such as honesty under certain circumstances. & # 39; said Walter Sowden, the other lead author of the study, and a former doctoral student at the University of Michigan, who is now a research psychologist.
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