Unintended Consequences of Moral "Over-Regulation"

Ronnie Janoff-Bulman, Sana Sheikh

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A proscriptive moral orientation, involving a focus on "should nots," is used to resolve a contradiction in the moral socialization literature made evident by findings related to shame. The traditionally accepted view that underregulation of morality (i.e., absence of internalized moral standards) accounts for increased moral transgressions by children of highly restrictive parents is reconceptualized as a problem of overregulation of proscriptive morality, reflected in the internalized focus on prohibitions. Implications of a strong proscriptive orientation for hypocritical punitive responses towards others and for the ironic role of sin emphasized in some religions are briefly discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-327
Number of pages3
JournalEmotion Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011


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