Vengefulness: Relationships with forgiveness, rumination, well-being, and the big five

Michael McCullough, C. Garth Bellah, Shelley Dean Kilpatrick, Judith L. Johnson

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Abstract

Because forgiveness theory has tended to neglect the role of dispositional factors, the authors present novel theorizing about the nature of vengefulness (the disposition to seek revenge following interpersonal offenses) and its relationship to forgiveness and other variables. In Study 1, vengefulness was correlated cross-sectionally with (a) less forgiving, (b) greater rumination about the offense, (c) higher negative affectivity, and (d) lower life satisfaction. Vengefulness at baseline was negatively related to change in forgiving throughout an 8-week follow-up. In Study 2, vengefulness was negatively associated with Agreeableness and positively associated with Neuroticism. Measures of the Big Five personality factors explained 30% of the variance in vengefulness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)601-610
Number of pages10
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Volume27
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Vengefulness : Relationships with forgiveness, rumination, well-being, and the big five. / McCullough, Michael; Bellah, C. Garth; Kilpatrick, Shelley Dean; Johnson, Judith L.

In: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Vol. 27, No. 5, 01.05.2001, p. 601-610.

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McCullough, Michael ; Bellah, C. Garth ; Kilpatrick, Shelley Dean ; Johnson, Judith L. / Vengefulness : Relationships with forgiveness, rumination, well-being, and the big five. In: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 2001 ; Vol. 27, No. 5. pp. 601-610.
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