Presenter Information

Emily A. DoernerFollow

Major

Psychology

Anticipated Graduation Year

2020

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Open Access

Abstract

Confronting prejudice leads to backlash (Czopp et al., 2006), so people hesitate to confront (Swim & Hyers, 1999). This research investigated the effects of feeling essentialized after confrontation on liking, and interventions to reduce backlash for confronters. Participants imagined being confronted for racism by a friend or stranger, and wrote about the scenario in a self-affirming, self-compassionate, or objective manner. Feelings of being essentialized by the confronter and liking were measured. Participants felt more essentialized by a stranger (versus friend). As feelings of essentialism increased, a self-compassionate (versus self-affirmative/objective) viewpoint increased liking. Encouraging self-compassion limits backlash, making confrontation less costly.

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Dr. Robyn Mallett, Associate Professor, Social Psychology; Jamie Patrianakos, Graduate Student, Social Psychology

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The Effect of Feeling Essentialized on Outcomes of Direct Confrontation

Confronting prejudice leads to backlash (Czopp et al., 2006), so people hesitate to confront (Swim & Hyers, 1999). This research investigated the effects of feeling essentialized after confrontation on liking, and interventions to reduce backlash for confronters. Participants imagined being confronted for racism by a friend or stranger, and wrote about the scenario in a self-affirming, self-compassionate, or objective manner. Feelings of being essentialized by the confronter and liking were measured. Participants felt more essentialized by a stranger (versus friend). As feelings of essentialism increased, a self-compassionate (versus self-affirmative/objective) viewpoint increased liking. Encouraging self-compassion limits backlash, making confrontation less costly.