Morality and Communication in Conflict Situations: On Positive and Negative Perception of a Person Involved in a Conflict

By Magda Zena Sadurska.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The paper presents an overview of conflict research within a few academic domains (sociology, political studies, management studies, psychology and anthropology) intending to show a need for launching a common theoretical framework for conflict studies. It also stresses the importance of communication processes within this discipline and analyzes differences between them in individual and collective conflicts.
The second part of the presented paper shows the results of experiments on how the form of a message about conflict changes the way people perceive and describe parties of a conflict presented in a text or a film. The experiments produced three important findings. First of all, when the main character is presented as an average man people tend to describe him more positively from the situation when he is presented as morally good. Secondly, narration in the position of “I” causes people to describe the opponent of the main character worse from the narration in the position of “he”. And last but not least: descriptions of the conflicted characters were sharpened when participants knew from the beginning that the film they were going to watch would be showing a story of a conflict.

Keywords: Conflict, Psychology, Communication, Moral Evaluation, Supporters, Strategy

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 11, pp.321-334. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 753.571KB).

Magda Zena Sadurska

PhD Student, Psychology Department, Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, Poland

Magda Zena Sadurska - a psychologist, an anthropologist and a performer. Main areas of her interests include: communication, new media, conflict, globalisation, gender, research methods, economic choice, transcultural relationships, film and performing arts. She has graduated from Collegium of the Interdepartmental Individual Studies in the Humanities at Warsaw University (Polish philology, philosophy and cultural studies). In 2010 she completed her PhD studies at Institute of Psychology (Polish Academy of Science) and Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities. She led seminars at Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities and London School of Economics and Political Sciences. Since 2008 she is a consultant for Polish media (“Dziennik Polska The Times”; “Elle”; “Gazeta Wyborcza”; “Przekrój”;“Newsweek Polska”; Radio Campus; Polskie Radio; Radio Warszawa; TV4 and Superstacja). She worked at many research project including projects supported by Polish Scientific Committee and led by the World’s Bank. She is also a filmmaker and a performer.

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