"Letting myself go forward past wrongs": How regulatory modes affect self-forgiveness

Antonio Pierro, Gennaro Pica, Anna Maria Giannini, Edward Tory Higgins & Arie W. Kruglanski
The present research addresses the question of whether regulatory-mode orientations affect self-forgiveness. We expected that people with a strong locomotion orientation would be more inclined to self-forgiveness because of their tendencies toward movement and change, which focus them on the future, whereas people with a strong assessment orientation would refrain from self-forgiveness due to their evaluative tendencies which focus them on the past. These hypotheses were supported by the results in four studies that tested...
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