Whether we’re speaking during a work meeting or bringing a dish to a potluck, we often feel like our reputation is at stake. But how much does a particular behavior actually affect how other people judge us?
Morality plays a role in everyday lives, from interactions with friends and strangers, to political views and social influences. Social psychologists from the University of Pennsylvania wanted to know whether there was a universal concept of moral character, by looking beyond Western populations. According to their work with the Hadza hunter-gatherers in Tanzania, the Hadza agree on which traits are relevant to moral character, but not on who has character.