Thursday, January 15, 2009

Guilty Conscience Won’t Solve Biggie’s Death

FAIRFAX, Va. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Solving the drive-by murder of legendary rapper Notorious B.I.G. is a question of guilt versus shame.

With the release of the Biggie Smalls’ biopic Notorious tomorrow (Jan. 16), it’s very likely that his mystery killer will be sitting in the theater.

However, psychology professor June Price Tangney, author of Shame and Guilt: Emotions and Social Behaviors (Guilford Press), says watching the poignant story will not shame Biggie’s murderer into finally confessing.

She explains, “If the person feels ashamed of what they did, they feel like a bad person, so they are less likely to come out. They will hide, deny responsibility, and blame other people for their actions.”

However, if the killer feels guilty for gunning down the rapper, Price Tangney says they’re “more apt to confess and apologize.”

Either way, Price Tangney doesn’t expect the shooter to come clean about their involvement in a grand gesture.

She says, “The person feeling guilty is more inclined to address the people involved, like the family. They probably won’t shout it out on a blog.”

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