Pran Levitates
Published in

Pran Levitates

Unburdening Effect of Forgiveness

Photo by Amadeo Valar on Unsplash

This article is a summary of a research paper titled, “The unburdening effects of forgiveness: Effects on slant perception and jumping height”.

This research was conducted in 2015, at Singapore Management University.

Research:

Building on the previous research on embodied perception ( the interaction with the environment fundamentally shape people’s perception of the world), it is to demonstrate that forgiveness also has implications for victims’ perceptions and behavior in the physical domain. Metaphorically, unforgiveness is a burden that can be lightened by forgiveness. This research shows that people induced to feel forgiveness perceive hills to be less steep (Study 1) and jump higher in a fitness experiment (Study 2) than people who are induced to feel unforgiveness.

Procedure:

In Study 1, they examine the effect of induced feelings of forgiveness and unforgiveness on the participants’ visual perceptions of a hill’s geographical slant. In Study 2, they examine the effect of induced feelings of forgiveness and unforgiveness on the participants’ actions during an ostensibly unrelated jumping task.

Study 1 was conducted on the final sample of 46 participants (37% male; Mage = 22.18). The participants were randomly assigned to one of two conditions: forgiveness or unforgiveness.

In the forgiveness condition, the participants were asked to write about a time they were seriously offended by another person and ultimately forgave them. In the unforgiveness condition, the participants were asked to write about a time they were seriously offended by another person but did not forgive them.

After the forgiveness manipulation, the participants took part in a purported object perception survey where they visually, verbally and with a help of a device were asked to measure the slant of a hill.

In Study 2, they examined the effect of feelings of forgiveness and unforgiveness on the participants’ ( 160 undergraduate student participants,(53.1 % male; Mage = 20.84 ) actual actions during an ostensibly unrelated jumping task.

Conclusion/Findings:

The participants in the forgiveness condition jumped higher than the those in unforgiveness condition, whereas the participants in the unforgiveness condition than the participants in the control ( neutral) condition.

Forgivers perceive the world as less daunting and perform better on challenging physical tasks.

Also, the effects of forgiveness on victims’ interactions with the physical world might hinge on the characteristics of the offender.

A state of unforgiveness is like carrying a heavy burden a burden that victims bring with them when they navigate the physical world. Forgiveness can lighten this burden.

Studies 1 and 2 converge to suggest that unforgiveness produces a burden akin to carrying a heavy load (Bhalla & Proffitt, 1999; Profitt et al., 2003; Slepian et al., 2012; 2014), the precise mediating mechanisms of these effects were not tested.

Disclaimer: This article is just a summary of the research, to know in-depth, please read the actual research paper.

References:

https://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/lkcsb_research/5897

--

--

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store