Skip to main content Accessibility help

On the differential mediating role of emotions in revenge and reconciliation

  • David Leiser (a1) and Lisa Joskowicz-Jabloner (a1)


McCullough et al. suggest that revenge and forgiveness rest upon risk computation. Risk computation is implemented by emotions that evolved for additional functions, giving rise to phenomena such as betrayal aversion and taboo-tradeoffs, and specific patterns of forgiveness we have documented. A complete account of revenge and reconciliation should incorporate broader constructs from social psychology, including emotions and values hierarchies.



Hide All
Bohnet, I., Herrmann, B. & Zeckhauser, R. (2010) Trust and the reference points for trustworthiness in Gulf and Western countries. The Quarterly Journal of Economics 125(2):811–28.
Bohnet, I. & Zeckhauser, R. (2004) Trust, risk and betrayal. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 55:467–84.
De Cremer, D. & Van Lange, P. A. M. (2001) Why prosocials exhibit greater cooperation than proselfs: The roles of social responsibility and reciprocity. European Journal of Personality 15(Suppl. 1):S5S18.
Ellsworth, P. C. & Scherer, K. R. (2003) Appraisal processes in emotion. In: Handbook of affective sciences, ed. Davidson, R. J., Goldsmith, H. & Scherer, K. R., pp. 572–95. Oxford University Press.
Fiske, A. & Tetlock, P. E. (1997) Taboo trade-offs: Reactions to transactions that transgress spheres of justice. Political Psychology 18:255–97.
Joskowicz-Jabloner, L. & Leiser, D. (forthcoming) Varieties of trust-betrayal: Emotion and relief patterns in different domains. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. Available at SSRN:
Koehler, J. J. & Gershoff, A. D. (2003) Betrayal aversion: When agents of protection become agents of harm. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 90:244–61.
Schwartz, S. H. (2005) Robustness and fruitfulness of a theory of universals in individual human values. In: Valores e comportamento nas organizações [Values and behavior in organizations], ed. Tamayo, A. & Porto, J. B., pp. 5695. Vozes.
Stouten, J., De Cremer, D. & Van Dijk, E. (2005) All is well that ends well, at least for proselfs: Emotional reactions to equality violation as a function of social value orientation. European Journal of Social Psychology 35:767–83.
Stouten, J., De Cremer, D. & Van Dijk, E. (2006) Violating equality in social dilemmas: Emotional and retributive reactions as a function of trust, attribution, and honesty. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 32(7):894906.

On the differential mediating role of emotions in revenge and reconciliation

  • David Leiser (a1) and Lisa Joskowicz-Jabloner (a1)


Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed