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Adults value overcoming temptation, kids value moral purity

(Association for Psychological Science) Is it better to struggle with moral conflict and ultimately choose to do the right thing or to do the right thing without feeling any turmoil in the first place? New research suggests that your answer may depend on how old you are. Findings from a series of four studies show that children view the person who feels no moral conflict as more 'good,' while adults judge the person who overcomes moral conflict as more deserving of moral credit.
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