The Justification Hypothesis

  • Gregg HenriquesEmail author


On June 11, 1963, an elderly Buddhist monk named Thich Quang Duc calmly walked to the center of a circle of protesters, sat down on a cushion, and meditated in the lotus position as he was doused by his religious brothers in a specially concocted mix of gasoline and diesel fuel. He then proceeded to light a match. Although he reportedly grimaced in agony, he did not move, scream, or cry out as his body was incinerated.


Social Justification Justification System Cognitive Dissonance Implicit Attitude Human Consciousness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyJames Madison UniversityHarrisonburgUSA

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