How distressed would you be to drink a glass of water, which has been scientifically treated, but was originally wastewater from showers and toilets?

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Sympathetic Magic Scale

Instructions: For the following scenarios, please:

1.       Imagine yourself in the scenario as vividly as possible even if the situation seems unlikely

2.       Choose the response that best corresponds to how you would feel in that situation and how likely you would be to engage in the behavior that is addressed in the question

There are no right or wrong answers. Please note that none of the scenarios below can directly harm you in any way.

 

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You visit a friend who lives in a building that uses a wastewater reuse system, which takes water from the shower and toilet, cleans and sterilizes it, and returns it through the faucet.  The water is continually scientifically tested and monitored for purity.

 

 

 

 

 

1a. How distressed would you be to drink a glass of water, which has been scientifically treated, but was originally wastewater from showers and toilets?

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You dropped your wallet into a toilet that you know has just been cleaned and sterilized.

 

 

 

 

 

2a. How distressed do you feel sticking your hand into the toilet water to grab your wallet?

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You find out that the refurbished video camera you just bought on sale was used by a child pornographer.

 

 

 

 

 

3a. How distressed do you feel using this video camera that a child pornographer used?

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A restaurant in your neighborhood is relocating and gave you a box of kitchen supplies. Later you find out a professional chef’s knife in the box was used to stab somebody.

 

 

 

 

 

4a. How distressed do you feel using that knife that was used to stab somebody?

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You are spending the night in a 5-star hotel located in a safe, upscale neighborhood. You find out that the guest staying in your hotel room the night before had a prostitute.

 

 

 

 

 

5a. How distressed do you feel sleeping in that bed?

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You go to an elegant spa and take a clean, freshly drawn bath. You find out that someone ejaculated in the same bath 2 days ago.

 

 

 

 

 

6a. How distressed do you feel being in the bath?

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You are sitting in a thoroughly cleaned movie seat, and you find out someone vomited in the same seat the day before.

 

 

 

 

 

7a. How distressed do you feel sitting in that movie seat?

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You are listening to a famous piece of classical music by Wagner, “Flight of the Valkyries”, when a credible source tells you that Hitler was so inspired by this song that he taught the Nazis to kill to it.

 

 

 

 

 

8a. How distressed do you feel listening to this music that inspired Hitler?

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A cockroach runs across a plate of your favorite cookies. The cockroach only touches one cookie but none of the other cookies.

 

 

 

 

 

9a. How distressed do you feel eating one of the untouched cookies?

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You are browsing through a gallery and notice this lovely photograph of a group of children playing in a field. When you go to buy it, you find out that the picture was taken by a war photographer who had known of a landmine in the field, but chose to take the picture instead of saving one of the children’s lives.

 

 

 

 

 

10a. How distressed do you feel purchasing this photograph?

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