The macbeth effect

Circular cleanliness and clean morality

Pontius pilatus washed his hands to clarify his innocence at the death sentence of jesus. To wash in from his sundes is a religious idea that not only knows christianity. Behavior researchers have now declined the question of the extent to which moral ideas and cleaning of the body communicate — and behold, people tend to be more purifement if they are morally spotted.

In shakespeares stuck macbeth, lady macbeth, the macbeth’s wife, who stalks her husband to duncan (the konig of scotland) to climb itself to climb the throne, full of guilty nights through the castle. She is always and and over again the hands that are bloodstained in its inner perception, which speaks to himself:

How, these hands are never pure? (…) that still smells of blood; all zurze of arabia can not smell this little hand different. Oh oh oh!

In the opinion of the two conductors chen-bo zhong from the university of toronto in ontario and katie liljenquist of the northwestern university in chicago, shakespeare proves to be a true connoisseur of the human psyche and lady macbeth’s obsession, but not only constitutes compulsive behavior, but could actually have brought a little internal relief.

In the hands of hands, not only the adhering germs disappear, but also part of the guilty woes

The scientists wanted to know exactly and examined if it is really possible to wash themselves from sleeps. Under the title washing away your sins: threated morality and physical cleansing dokes your results in the current edition of the science magazine science.

Many religions know the idea of a ritual cleaning, of baders or different forms of the body washing. Christians and sikhs practice baptism as a receiving ritual into the religious community, in islam and in hinduism, ritual washes are made among others before prayer.

Obviously, this is washing in a worldwide idea in human kop. Also in the language is the combination of cleanliness and morality. In german, the z.B. The speech of pure conscience, from dirty (or pure) thoughts or a immilation reputation. It is possible, clean to trade or to proceed, one soft or clean vest or have to wash from something. Or someone has committed a deat, without making the hands dirty yourself.

But there is a connection between physical and moral purity, which can be prove in real behavior of today’s people? Chen-bo zhong and katie liljenquist wanted to know exactly and examined with a whole series of volunteers, whether a moral challenge leads to a stronger requirement of freely cleaning and, secondly, whether physical washing in moral dangers is particularly facilitating the conscience.

The subjects should be z.B. Remember an immoral act in your own lives and then complete word fragments. The "sunder" tended much stronger than the comparative group to "clean" terms like to wash, shower or soap to choose. Other test participants handwritten a short story, which had been paid in the first person and reported by a selfless deed or a unethical act. Then they could choose from a product catalog of election containing seven things (from nectar over chocolate bar to toothpaste). Again, the copyists of the "sundigen" stories decided significantly more frequently for the cleaning products. The same result was the researchers in the variant, the volunteers thought of their own immoral act and then as a gift between a pencil and an antiseptic refreshing cloth elections. The immoral candidates grabbed a lot of often a refreshment towel.

In the last study part, the participants again described their own contulsion and part of them purified themselves the hands with a wet cloth. Those with the so washed hands were much more rare (41 percent), to involve themselves in vain to a further study of an allegedly desperate-dependent students, as those with unwashed hands (74 percent). With purified hands, the subjects obviously fell morally better. The scientists call the macbeth effect. They come to the conclusion:

It still remains to determine if clean hands really drove to a pure heart, but our studies indicate that they contribute to the feeling of a pure conscience after moral missing.

Based on lady macbeth, this relief can be doubted by the hands washed, because as shakespeare describes it, the ambitious lady suffers from a forced location and urgently needed therapy. But in the case of pontius pilatus, the effect could work. Maybe he felt better after his hands-washed and believed himself a bit more that he was "innocent at the blood of this man". (nt mattehaus 27).