Interpersonal transgressions and psychological loss: Understanding moral repair as dyadic, reciprocal, and interactionist

Lydia Woodyatt, Michael Wenzel, Tyler G. Okimoto, Michael Thai

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Abstract

Following interpersonal transgressions, both victims and offenders can experience psychological loss owing to threatened needs for agency and moral-social identity. Moral repair is the process by which these losses are restored. Rather than involving only intraindividual static processes, research is starting to recognize that moral repair is dyadic, reciprocal, and interactionist. It involves the victim and offender coengaging with one another, reciprocally responding to the other's psychological needs, and coconstructing a shared understanding of what has occurred, their relationship, and a way forward. Each of these steps represents periods of vulnerability where the losses of a transgression can be repaired — or exacerbated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-11
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
Volume44
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022

Keywords

  • Dyads
  • Justice
  • Moral repair
  • Offenders
  • Psychological needs
  • Relationship conflict
  • Transgressions
  • Victims

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