Why We Hate

Agneta Fischer*, Eran Halperin, Daphna Canetti, Alba Jasini

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

We offer a functional perspective on hate, showing that hate has a unique pattern of appraisals and action tendencies. Hate is based on perceptions of a stable, negative disposition of persons or groups. We hate persons and groups more because of who they are, than because of what they do. Hate has the goal to eliminate its target. Hate is especially significant at the intergroup level, where it turns already devalued groups into victims of hate. When shared among group members, hate can spread fast in conflict zones where people are exposed to hate-based violence, which further feeds their hate. Hate can be reassuring and self-protective, because its message is simple and helps confirming people’s belief in a just world.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)309-320
Number of pages12
JournalEmotion Review
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • anger
  • hate
  • hate crime
  • intergroup
  • interpersonal

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