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Thursday, November 07, 2019

Nevertheless, since we are such a social species, the human need for social status is very pervasive, and often our attempts at sharing our moral and political beliefs on public social media platforms involve a mix of genuine motives with social status motives. As one team of psychologists put it, yes, you probably are "virtue signaling" (a closely related concept to moral grandstanding), but that doesn't mean that your outrage is necessarily inauthentic. It just means that we often have a subconscious desire to signal our virtue, which when not checked, can spiral out of control and cause us to denigrate or be mean to others in order to satisfy that desire. When the need for status predominates, we may even lose touch with what we truly believe, or even what is actually the truth.

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1. Moral grandstanders (those scoring high on the moral grandstanding survey) tend to also score high in narcissistic characteristics and also tend to report status-seeking as their fundamental social motive.
2. There is no relationship between moral grandstanding and political affiliation. However there is a link between moral grandstanding and political polarization: people on the far left and far right are both more likely to score higher in moral grandstanding characteristics than those who are more moderate democrats and republicans.
3. Moral grandstanders are more likely to report greater moral and political conflict in their daily lives (e.g., "I lost friends because of my political/moral beliefs") and they report getting into more fights with others on social media because of their political or moral beliefs. This correlation was found even after controlling for other personality traits, and continued over the course of a one-month longitudinal study.
4. Grandstanders were more likely to report antagonistic behavior over time, such as attacking others online, or trying to publicly shame someone online because they held a different moral or political belief.

#1 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-11-07 11:51 AM | Reply

Interesting stuff and it makes sense, when you really think about it.

Nice work, Mackris.

#2 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-11-07 11:58 AM | Reply

I'm not sure which is worse. Being a grandstander or a bystander. As a moderate, I reject both. We should all be engaged, but we should be humble and kind.

#3 | Posted by moder8 at 2019-11-07 02:36 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Are You a Moral Grandstander?"

Is that when you accuse people whose politics you don't like of being hypocrites?

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-11-07 02:52 PM | Reply

I'm not sure which is worse. Being a grandstander or a bystander. As a moderate, I reject both. We should all be engaged, but we should be humble and kind.
#3 | POSTED BY MODER8

Grandstanding basstard.

#5 | Posted by 6thPersona at 2019-11-07 03:15 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

@ Fat Andy Mattress..... You're a racist Trump supporting grandstander, which is worse.

#6 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-11-07 06:54 PM | Reply

Soccer is cheaper than football.

How many referees are there in football?

I really don't know, but soccer in my neck of the woods is Two for JV and middle schools and three for Varsity.
#19 | POSTED BY PETROUS

Equipment is much more expensive playing football. My nephew's highschool football helmet the school paid $600 for it new. They also just spent $10,000 on new home and away jerseys.

#7 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-11-08 01:41 PM | Reply

How can someone on the right be a moral grandstander when they have no morality?

#8 | Posted by truthhurts at 2019-11-08 02:20 PM | Reply

#8 | POSTED BY TRUTHHURTS AT 2019-11-08 02:20 PM | FLAG: Funny as the left has interesting ideas of what is good or bad as evidence by their distorted moral code.

morality
/m'ral'd"/

noun
principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior.

#9 | Posted by MSgt at 2019-11-08 02:28 PM | Reply

Mod,

"As a moderate, I reject both."

Aaah....that makes you a grandstander.

A true moderate rejects neither but listens to both.

#10 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2019-11-08 06:39 PM | Reply

Mod,

Funny that liberals think they have anything to grandstand about.

Christians over the years have had to learn more humility to function within a democracy like America.

I mean...we're the "salt of the earth".

#11 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2019-11-08 06:47 PM | Reply

Mod,

Those were the quoted words of Jesus.

He also warned that salt can lose its flavor and become useless.

#12 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2019-11-08 06:51 PM | Reply

"Christians over the years have had to learn more humility to function within a democracy like America."

Probably because they were used to slaughtering their opponents in the past. Debating is a bit more egalitarian.

#13 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-11-08 06:52 PM | Reply

As a moderate, I reject both. We should all be engaged, but we should be humble and kind.

#3 | Posted by moder8

Get off your soapbox and go insult a homely coworker that will never *rise* above you.

LOL

#14 | Posted by DixvilleNotch at 2019-11-09 03:00 AM | Reply

Christians over the years have had to learn more humility to function within a democracy like America.
I mean...we're the "salt of the earth".

#11 | Posted by BillJohnson

This just in: we are a republic.

Individual rights.

Inherently Christian concept.

Bless your heart.

#15 | Posted by DixvilleNotch at 2019-11-09 03:02 AM | Reply

@ Fat Andy Mattress..... You're a racist Trump supporting grandstander, which is worse.

#6 | Posted by aborted_monson

-----.

Is worse.

Clueless DR leftie.

LOL

#16 | Posted by DixvilleNotch at 2019-11-09 03:04 AM | Reply

Dix,

You're right...

America is governed by laws...not mob rule.

The Electoral College for example.

#17 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2019-11-09 05:00 AM | Reply

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