A week of sin

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Welcome to the menu for Sin Week on the Research Digest blog, which started on 8 February 2011. Each day for Seven days (with a break on Sunday, naturally) we posted a sinful confession by a psychologist; a new sin fit for the twenty-first century; and an evidence-based way to be good. These online festivities coincided with a feature-length article in the latest issue of The Psychologist on the psychology behind the Seven Deadly Sins.

Here’s the full menu of Seven confessions:

John Sloboda – my Wrath
Alex Haslam and Steve Reicher – our Envy
Mark Griffiths – my Pride
Jon Sutton – my Sloth
Wray Herbert – my Gluttony
Cordelia Fine – my Greed
Jesse Bering – my Lust

The Seven new sins:

The Seven ways to be good:
Learn healthier habits
Have an energy drink
Use your inner voice
Practise self control
Clench your muscles
Form if-then plans
Distract yourself

Many thanks to our confessors for baring their souls.

Sin week compiled by Christian Jarrett (@psych_writer) for the BPS Research Digest.

3 thoughts on “A week of sin”

  1. The seven ways to be good have been known for centuries.

    The opposite of gluttony is temperance.

    The opposite of greed is charity.

    The opposite of sloth is diligence.

    The opposite of wrath is kindness.

    The opposite of pride is humility.

    The opposite of envy is patience.

    The opposite of lust is love.

    What is truly curious about human nature is that existence in a state of sin is painful, difficult, unrewarding, exhausting and debilitating, while existence in a state of virtue is pleasant, easy, fulfilling, energizing and healthful – yet we strive like furies to sin, and must be dragged kicking and screaming to virtue.


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