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How Implicit Beliefs Influence Trust Recovery

How Implicit Beliefs Influence Trust Recovery

Michael P. Haselhuhn, Maurice E. Schweitzer and Alison M. Wood

Psychological Science May 2010 vol. 21 no. 5 645-648

Abstract

After a trust violation, some people are quick to forgive, whereas others never trust again. In this report, we identify a key characteristic that moderates trust recovery: implicit beliefs of moral character. Individuals who believe that moral character can change over time (incremental beliefs) are more likely to trust their counterpart following an apology and trustworthy behavior than are individuals who believe that moral character cannot change (entity beliefs). We demonstrate that a simple but powerful message can induce either entity or incremental beliefs about moral character.

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