Moral Identity and Compensatory Behavior

Morality has been described as a defining feature of people’s self-concept, such that moral traits are considered to be among the most essential parts of personal identity. While there is a substantial body of research supporting the idea that moral identity is the connective tissue between moral judgments and actual behavior, so far little attention has been paid to the relation of moral identity and other forms of the self, such as a professional identity.

When an identity is threatened (e.g. by recent failure to live up to identity standards) individuals feel incomplete in their identity and tend to compensate for that incompleteness. In this project, we investigate, how people compensate for identity incompleteness when moral identity overlaps with other identities.

If you are interested in moral identity and want to write a B.Sc. or M.Sc. thesis on this topic, please contact johannes.doerflinger [at] for further information.