hm. so what if i’m a dirty person?

science has an article connecting personal hygene and ethics.

Ethically compromised individuals experienced an increased desire to cleanse themselves, but physical cleansing alleviated the psychological consequences of unethical behavior, both assuaging moral emotions and reducing moral-compensatory behavior

the proper study of mankind and thoughts in a haystack have summaries.  apparently the phenomenon is known as the macbeth effect.  it seems that after ‘cleaning’ we appear less likely to make amends for our immoral acts.

i’ll have to remember this, the next time i yell at someone for being a right-wing f-wit.


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