About Misdeed Committers Turning into Advisors…

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About Misdeed Committers Turning into Advisors…
Anneke Zwart, Student (University), Netherlands, Moderator
People that made a severe mistake in the past sometimes feel the need to help others to avoid making these same mistakes. And indeed, one could say that people that have experienced the making of such a mistake themselves are in a way qualified to give good advices to other people.
In some cases the advices of misdeed committers are socially accepted. However, the advices of error-makers are often not accepted and disseminated. Rather, their words sometimes are met with charges of hypocrisy.

Under which conditions is it socially acceptable to advice others based on your own errors
Effron and Miller (2015) find that the likelihood that people will accept and listen to advice of someone who committed a misdeed increases if he/she is 'MATERIALLY SUFFERING' from his/her earlier misdeed. Examples of material suffering are job losses, disease and losses of financial capital. What are the main causes for this?
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