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Description: International travel to exotic places and cultures is a broadening experience right? Certainly my own research on identity development suggests that travel, whether part of gap year before or during post-secondary study or after your university experience or at any point in life can broaden your horizons, help you to see wider possibilities and ultimately to focus in upon your own identity related choices, goals and decisions. But, as with my posting last week on the dark side of personality might there be a dark side to international travel? Think about what it might be and what it might be linked to and then read the article inked below to find out what the social psychological study being discussed has to say on this matter.

Source: This One Behavior Can Increase Your Risk of Cheating, Theresa E DiDonato, Meet, Catch, Keep, Psychology Today.

Date: January 14, 2017

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So what do you think? Does the suggested link between travel, creativity, cognitive flexibility, lowering of bias towards out-groups and moral flexibility make sense? The researchers equate moral flexibility with moral relativity; does that make sense to you? In other words, does noting that there are a diversity of moral perspectives in the broader would necessarily equate with diminished moral behavior? Also, does cheating on a game being played as part of a social psychology experiment predict a higher risk of relationship infidelity? Well THAT is an empirical question and so, of course, more research is needed along with some conceptual reflection.

Questions for Discussion:

  1. What sorts or personal growth opportunities are potentially (or through research more clearly) linked to personal change and positive development??
  2. Does the sort of moral flexibility discussed by the researchers seem to you to be  linked to concepts of moral relativity and if so would that necessarily have negative implications for immoral behavior?
  3. If one were concerned about the possible “dark side” influences of international travel how should one proceed when planning to travel? How should those advising others about the potential developmental value of international travel proceed?

References (Read Further):

Aron, A., Norman, C. C., Aron, E. N., McKenna, C., & Heyman, R. E. (2000). Couples’ shared participation in novel and arousing activities and experienced relationship quality. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 78, 273-284.’_shared_participation_in_novel_and_arousing_activities_and_experienced_relationship_quality/links/5577bd0f08aeacff20004ef3.pdf

Durko, A., & Petrick, J. (2016). Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes: How a cruise may benefit passengers’ health and relationships. Tourism in Marine Environments, 11, 185-191.

Lu, J. G., Quoidbach, J., Gino, F., Chakroff, A., Maddux, W. W., & Galinsky, A. D. (2017). The dark side of going abroad: How broad foreign experiences increase immoral behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Advanced online publication.

Tadmor, C. T., Galinsky, A. D., & Maddux, W. W. (2012). Getting the most out of living abroad: biculturalism and integrative complexity as key drivers of creative and professional success. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103, 520-542.

Tadmor, C. T., Hong, Y. Y., Chao, M. M., Wiruchnipawan, F., & Wang, W. (2012). Multicultural experiences reduce intergroup bias through epistemic unfreezing. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103, 750-772.