The Just World Theory – 2 ways out

People who have a strong tendency to believe in a just world also tend to be more likely to have negative attitudes toward underprivileged groups. To a lesser but still significant degree, the believers in a just world tend to “feel less of a need to engage in activities to change society or to alleviate the plight of social victims.”

The research suggests that humans have a need to bring their beliefs about what is right into conformity with the objective reality they encounter – and that they will work to achieve consistency either by modifying their beliefs or attempting to modify that reality. By becoming more conscious of our own tendencies, we may be more inclined to take the latter approach.

– Adapted from The Just World Theory By Claire Andre and Manuel Velasquez

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