An emotion that will often be triggered by violations of the ethics of community (namely, respect, duty and/or hierarchy). An emotion characterized by short-term derogation of a target, and is likely to develop into long-term rejection, with the goal of socially excluding this other person. The social function of contempt is to move this person away from oneself and to ban him or her from one’s social environment, which typically results in relationship deterioration.
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