Made of Honor

Stories help us make sense of the world, and can even help us to heal from trauma. They also shape our cultural narratives, for better and for worse. This week on Hidden Brain, we conclude our three-part series on storytelling with a look at the phenomenon of “honor culture,” and how it dictates the way we think and behave. 

Additional Resources


Honor Bound: How a Cultural Ideal has Shaped the American Psyche. Ryan P. Brown. Oxford University Press, 2016.

Research Studies: 

To be liked or feared: Honor-oriented men’s sensitivity to masculine reputation concerns depends on status-seeking strategy. JE Bock, RP Brown. Personality and Individual Differences, 2021.

Burdens of Honor: Examining Honor Ideology, Suicide Risk-Factors, and Ageism in Older Adults. J Bock, RP Brown.Innovation in Aging, 2019.

Culture, Masculine Honor, and Violence Toward Women. RP Brown, K Baughman, M Carvallo. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2018.

Naming Patterns Reveal Cultural Values: Patronyms, Matronyms, and the US Culture of Honor. RP Brown, M Carvallo, M Imura. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2014.

Honor and the Stigma of Mental Healthcare. RP Brown, M Imura, L Mayeux. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2014.

Gun culture: Mapping a peculiar preference for firearms in the commission of suicide. RP Brown, M Imura, LL Osterman. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 2014.

Living Dangerously: Culture of Honor, Risk-Taking, and the Nonrandomness of “Accidental” Deaths. CD Barnes, RP Brown, M Tamborski. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2012.

Culture of Honor, Violence, and Homicide. RP Brown, LL Osterman. The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Perspectives on Violence, Homicide, and War, 2012.

Culture of Honor and Violence Against the Self. LL Osterman, RP Brown.Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2011.

Male Honor and Female Fidelity: Implicit Cultural Scripts that Perpetuate Domestic Violence. J Vandello and D Cohen.Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2003.

Insult, Aggression, and the Southern Culture of Honor: An “Experimental Ethnography”. D Cohen, RE Nisbett, B Bowdle, N Schwarz. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1996.


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