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Self-Injuries, Harmless Wrongdoing, and Morality

Self-Injuries, Harmless Wrongdoing, and Morality Psychological Inquiry, 23: 125–128, 2012 Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC ISSN: 1047-840X print / 1532-7965 online DOI: 10.1080/1047840X.2012.666720 COMMENTARIES Mark D. Alicke Department of Psychology, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio As I prepare to type at the computer monitor situ- model, and they devote considerable space to possible ated in front of me, the television monitor to the right exceptions. For any ostensibly harmless action, it is of me is reporting the story of a high-profile, alcoholic always possible to posit hidden costs or damages, and baseball player who recently experienced a relapse of if one includes symbolic harm, such as offending the his drinking problem. This is not such surprising news, gods, then the issue is not easily resolvable by empirical but I found it odd that he convened a news conference test. Homosexuality is an interesting case in this regard, to lament having done “wrong.” Apparently, he saw one that potentially provides an important counterex- his self-injurious behavior as a moral failing, although ample to the agent–victim model of morality. From the the person most affected by his actions was himself. standpoint of an optimist, we might say that homosex- I mention this example because it goes http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychological Inquiry Taylor & Francis

Self-Injuries, Harmless Wrongdoing, and Morality

Psychological Inquiry , Volume 23 (2): 4 – Apr 1, 2012

Self-Injuries, Harmless Wrongdoing, and Morality

Psychological Inquiry , Volume 23 (2): 4 – Apr 1, 2012

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Psychological Inquiry, 23: 125–128, 2012 Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC ISSN: 1047-840X print / 1532-7965 online DOI: 10.1080/1047840X.2012.666720 COMMENTARIES Mark D. Alicke Department of Psychology, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio As I prepare to type at the computer monitor situ- model, and they devote considerable space to possible ated in front of me, the television monitor to the right exceptions. For any ostensibly harmless action, it is of me is reporting the story of a high-profile, alcoholic always possible to posit hidden costs or damages, and baseball player who recently experienced a relapse of if one includes symbolic harm, such as offending the his drinking problem. This is not such surprising news, gods, then the issue is not easily resolvable by empirical but I found it odd that he convened a news conference test. Homosexuality is an interesting case in this regard, to lament having done “wrong.” Apparently, he saw one that potentially provides an important counterex- his self-injurious behavior as a moral failing, although ample to the agent–victim model of morality. From the the person most affected by his actions was himself. standpoint of an optimist, we might say that homosex- I mention this example because it goes

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1532-7965
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10.1080/1047840X.2012.666720
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Abstract

Psychological Inquiry, 23: 125–128, 2012 Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC ISSN: 1047-840X print / 1532-7965 online DOI: 10.1080/1047840X.2012.666720 COMMENTARIES Mark D. Alicke Department of Psychology, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio As I prepare to type at the computer monitor situ- model, and they devote considerable space to possible ated in front of me, the television monitor to the right exceptions. For any ostensibly harmless action, it is of me is reporting the story of a high-profile, alcoholic always possible to posit hidden costs or damages, and baseball player who recently experienced a relapse of if one includes symbolic harm, such as offending the his drinking problem. This is not such surprising news, gods, then the issue is not easily resolvable by empirical but I found it odd that he convened a news conference test. Homosexuality is an interesting case in this regard, to lament having done “wrong.” Apparently, he saw one that potentially provides an important counterex- his self-injurious behavior as a moral failing, although ample to the agent–victim model of morality. From the the person most affected by his actions was himself. standpoint of an optimist, we might say that homosex- I mention this example because it goes

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