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In response to the Moral disengagement – Introduction (August 30th 2012) and Euphemistic labeling (Moral disengagement, part 3) blog posts, I have used the text Family Violence in the United States and Family Violence in a cultural Perspective to reveal ramifications of exposure to mechanisms of moral disengagement in correlation to child sexual abuse.

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I do believe it is a good possibility that some people who have shown moral disengagement in the past can come to regret their behavior and become morally engaged. Consider Malcolm X, who describes in his autobiography how his early life as a pimp, drug addict, and burglar, and his hatred and rage toward all white people, changed after his conversion to Islam in jail and his later visits to Mecca, and how he continued his activism on behalf of equal rights for Afro Americans, despite understanding that he would probably be killed for distancing himself from Elijah Muhammad and his racist doctrines.

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This post reminds me of when I met Albert Bandura. Everyone was going up to
him and discussing their research and asking for his thoughts. I got up to him, and said “I am terribly sorry. I have nothing intelligent to say, but I wanted to meet you because you are so brilliant and such an obvious influence on psychology.” It led to a very light-hearted conversation in the end, but I felt so minuscule talking to him.

Other people use strategies of “moral disengagement” to help them avoid shame or guilt while continuing to behave badly.
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These principles are linked closely with the metaphors Lakoff talks about. Corgan also comments about this with his talk about propaganda. Lakoff’s metaphors are combined with Bandura’s principles which are then shown to the public as propaganda. I believe that when the United States had a proper reason to enter a war (such as WWI and II), the American people liked to know that the “evil Nazis” were being defeated. It was used as a morale booster. Of course it was intended to cover up the brutality of war but the American people were much more sensitive to images of war. In today’s society, we see the media trying to cover up the truth in order to dupe us. I believe that the government thought that such graphic images would not benefit the public so the real nature of war was not shown clearly. Now, however, in our society, we are surrounded by so much blatant and obvious violence that we expect to see the bodies of civilians and soldiers alike after a bombing last week on the evening news and in the newspapers. Because we as a people are so desensitized to violence, we expect the government to be entirely candid about it. If anything, we should be worried that our society is open with and actually welcoming to depictions of violence.

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In upcoming posts, we will explore each of these mechanisms in more detail, and give common examples of their use. We will also introduce the mechanisms of moral engagement that allow individuals to resist spurious calls to violence in the name of peace.

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Thanks, Natasha for your interesting analysis of the ways in which the survivors of maltreatment can, like their abusers, use moral disengagement to help them cope with what has been done to them.

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In discussing his theory on moral disengagement, Bandura (1999) proposes that “euphemistic language is widely used to make harmful conduct respectable and to reduce personal responsibility for it” (p. 195). The concept which Bandura terms “euphemistic labeling” is further discussed by Corgan and Malley-Morrison (2008) in context of government rhetoric on war.