Psychology of Forgiveness

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In the article "The Psychology of Forgiveness", Maurice Schweitzer studies the psychology behind forgiveness and trust. Maurice and his colleagues, Michael Haselhuhn and Alison Wood, conducted an experiment to see if basic beliefs about moral "character" influence trust violations and forgiveness. These scientists also wanted to see if they could manipulate ones beliefs to either make them more or less forgiving. In their experiment they recruited a large amount of volunteers to participate in an experiment where they are giving six dollars and they have the option to give away their six dollars to double the value and the doubled value can be split and both people make profit but each person is prepped differently. The independent variable in this case would be way the volunteers were prepped and the dependent variable would be whether they reestablished trust or not. In their experiment people were more likely reestablish trust when they were primed with the idea that people can change and people were less likely to reestablish trust when they were primed with the idea that people will always be scoundrels. Their claim of priming the participants with different beliefs before the participants do a game will influence if they forgive each other appears to be true but I feel that the study is still invalid. The study is invalid because of selection bias, lack of data, and because it is a correlation research.

There are many attributes of this study that show the researchers that the thesis can be proven not credible. First, the researchers only tested their experiment on a unknown amount of people which does not provide enough evidence to prove their thesis. Maurice only tested his experiment on a "large group" of volunteers which does not describe how many people were in the study. The experiment also lacks data so there is no evidence that will prove their claims are true. Without any data one has to just believe what they say is true. The fact that the...
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