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The scale you completed was the Belief in Pure Evil and Pure Good Scale created by Russell Webster and his colleagues at the Kansas State University.

This study was to assess how people’s beliefs about good and evil relate to their choices about how to treat others. It is critical to realize that this survey does NOT assess your own level of "evilness" or "goodness" - just your perceptions of whether pure good and pure evil exist. But these perceptions appear to have important consequences for people’s own decisions about how to treat those labeled or perceived as evil or good. We expect those who see more pure evil in the world will favor more aggressive and less helpful responses to groups perceived as evil or harmful to society because "purely evil" people cannot change; meanwhile, people who see more pure good in the world will favor less aggressive and more helpful responses to groups perceived as evil or harmful to society because of the expectation that people can change for the better. We reiterate though that there are no right or wrong answers to these questionnaires.

Do you have ideas on improving this study? Or did you encounter any difficulties in answering the questions? Click here to send a message to the creators of this study.


The graph below shows your scores (in green) compared to those of the average liberal (in blue) and the average conservative (in red) visitor to this website. The scale runs from 1 (lowest score) to 7 (highest score).





For more information, see the CivilPolitics.org introduction to the moral psychology of the culture war.


Or, check out the following articles on pure good (at the New York Times) and pure evil (in the scientific journal Basic and Applied Social Psychology).


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