Positive and Negative Attitudes Post 9/11

As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 came and went, more research on people’s reactions became available to consider.  In an interesting article examining changing attitudes after 9/11, researcher G. Scott Morgan documented positive and negative reactions.

Negative reactions that increased after 9/11:

1. Desire for vengeance.

2. Political intolerance.

3. Hate crimes directed to people who were similar in race or nationality to attackers.

4. People were willing to trade their own civil liberties for perceived greater security.

5. People were more ready to deny civil liberties to others.

6. People voiced more support for the Iraq War fueled from revenge rather than ideology.

Positive reactions that increased after 9/11:

1. People donated blood.

2. People donated viagra price more time and money to disaster relief.

3. People flew the American flag.

4. People felt closer to family, friends, and fellow citizens.

5. People often behaved in kinder and more caring ways.

Source: G. Scott Morgan et al The Expulsion from Disneyland. American Psychologist V. 66 #6, pp 447-454.

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