Just - world phenomenon


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Term: Just - World Phenomenon
Definition (Myers):
The tendency of people to believe the world is just and that people therefore get what they deserve and deserve what they get.
Definition (alternative):
We tend to believe that the world is, on the whole, fair, and that wrongs will be punished and rights rewarded at some time in the indeterminate future. The Bible agrees: 'whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.' (Galatians 6:7). The Christian religion also includes the potential for reward and punishment to be meted out after death in the fields of heaven or fires of hell. This attitude helps us make sense of the world as we translate events as being just, fore-ordained or inevitable. This is also a mindset of bullies, who believe that they are punishing their victims. *
Contextual explanation:
"The good is rewarded and evil is punished." This is a phrase that represents the just-world phenomenon. This idea may trigger people to work harder, but this may also cause people to gain a stereotypical point of view. People might think prisoners are all awfully guilty because they get treated that way, rich people are rich because they are the nicest people on earth, and poor deserves to be poor because that is what they should get from the just-world.
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Related terms and concepts:
  • Hindsight bias
  • stereotype
  • attribution theory
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Edited by: Sunnah



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