Why Observers Are More Forgiving of Our Self-Indulgent Behavior When the Behavioral Context Is Atypical

Kelly Goldsmith, Hal E. Hershfield
2015 Social Science Research Network  
We reveal that the negative signal from a deviant behavior is seen as less diagnostic of underlying individual traits under a condition that is itself often considered deviant-intoxication. Further, we reveal that when the behavior is psychologically distant, intoxication attenuates negative judgments through a shift in dispositional attributions.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.2628368 fatcat:shgalixwebct3i4kz25zstqqhy