The "man in an iron cage"

A newspaper article discussing the conflicting views of behavioral scientists on the role of guilt described a test to measure one's tendency to feel guilty. One of the questions gave the test-taker the clause "If I committed adultery" and asked him to choose between two conclusions: (1) "I hope I would be punished very deeply" or (2) "I hope I would enjoy it." The New York Times, July 24, 1979 .

Intriguing question. How would you answer? Of course, the best answer is "I would never commit adultery in the first place." Yet the question does raise an important ethical issue. When a person does something wrong, should he feel guilty?

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