Ways to Find Out Fake Remorse Revealed

In an interesting study conducted by Leanne ten Brinke along with his team from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, the Centre for the Advancement of Psychology and Law and University of British Columbia, Canada, it was explained how one can differentiate a fake remorse from a genuine one. This kind of emotional deception is quite common in the social interaction. But it can have negative implications in crime sentencing or parole hearings. In such scenarios the defendant’s emotions play a vital role in the decision making.

The researchers examined the facial expressions, verbal and body language of 31 undergraduates. They observed that people with false remorse show more universal emotions of sadness, happiness, fear, anger, disgust, contempt and surprise. People who are genuinely sorry display controlled emotions.

The study reveals that those who are not genuine will show a wide variety of emotions. They will quickly move from one emotion to the other. They might also speak with hesitation. The findings will be helpful especially when pronouncing a sentence. The work is published in the journal Law and Human Behavior.

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