Prisoners think they are kinder than us, University of Southampton researchers find

Daily Echo: Prisoners think they are kinder than us, Southampton researchers find Prisoners think they are kinder than us, Southampton researchers find

PRISONERS believe they have better morals and are kinder and more generous than those in the outside world, according to new research by psychologists from the University of Southampton.

The study has shown that prisoners believe themselves to have more pro-social characteristics – such as kindness, morality, self-control, and generosity – than non-prisoners.

The research also showed that prisoners did not rate themselves as more law-abiding than non-prisoners, but did rate themselves as equal.

The study, published in the British Journal Of Social Psychology, saw 79 prisoners from a jail in southern England fill out a questionnaire rating themselves against the average prisoner and average member of community.

A Southampton University spokesman said: “Participants rated themselves as superior to the average prisoner on all traits. Surprisingly, they rated themselves superior to the average community member on all traits as well, with one exception. Prisoners considered themselves as law-abiding as the average community member.”

The study also included researchers from Royal Holloway, University of London and Ohio University.

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9:20am Fri 10 Jan 14

Jamie Hankins says...

For context, this isn't specific to prisoners... they're just being used as an example of how powerful this effect is. Most people consider themselves 'better than average' in regards to most things. That even prisoners think this is testament to how strong this bias is, but will apply to most people reading this as well. We all have very biased opinions of ourselves.
For context, this isn't specific to prisoners... they're just being used as an example of how powerful this effect is. Most people consider themselves 'better than average' in regards to most things. That even prisoners think this is testament to how strong this bias is, but will apply to most people reading this as well. We all have very biased opinions of ourselves. Jamie Hankins

9:24am Fri 10 Jan 14

Inform Al says...

Jamie Hankins wrote:
For context, this isn't specific to prisoners... they're just being used as an example of how powerful this effect is. Most people consider themselves 'better than average' in regards to most things. That even prisoners think this is testament to how strong this bias is, but will apply to most people reading this as well. We all have very biased opinions of ourselves.
Perhaps, but at least I am very modest about my being perfect.
[quote][p][bold]Jamie Hankins[/bold] wrote: For context, this isn't specific to prisoners... they're just being used as an example of how powerful this effect is. Most people consider themselves 'better than average' in regards to most things. That even prisoners think this is testament to how strong this bias is, but will apply to most people reading this as well. We all have very biased opinions of ourselves.[/p][/quote]Perhaps, but at least I am very modest about my being perfect. Inform Al

11:50am Fri 10 Jan 14

fraggled says...

When a prisoner lends another prisoner in the next cell a bit of tobacco is it because he is being generous? Maybe it is because of the potential for retribution later down the line if he declines, or just because he sees himself as being in the same boat. If your neighbour knocked your door and asked if they could borrow a cigarette, would you lend them one? The answer is likely to be a resounding “no”.
When a prisoner lends another prisoner in the next cell a bit of tobacco is it because he is being generous? Maybe it is because of the potential for retribution later down the line if he declines, or just because he sees himself as being in the same boat. If your neighbour knocked your door and asked if they could borrow a cigarette, would you lend them one? The answer is likely to be a resounding “no”. fraggled

1:50pm Fri 10 Jan 14

southy says...

They are equal to our professional politicians and behave in the same way
They are equal to our professional politicians and behave in the same way southy

6:11pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Do the Bird Mate no Baccy but at least you got warm bed and a Sweaty Beast next to you in you bed!
Do the Bird Mate no Baccy but at least you got warm bed and a Sweaty Beast next to you in you bed! Fatty x Ford Worker

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