Saïd Shafa studied Social and Organizational Psychology at Leiden University. Prior and after his graduation in 2007, he was employed at an HRM consultancy firm for over 4 years. For his dissertation he studied the influence of different cultural value systems on the development, escalation and resolution of conflicts. His research focuses on psychological mechanisms which instigate aggressive responses among members from honor cultures in response to being offended. Among others, he examined self-perceptions, appraisals (psychophysiological threat vs. challenge responses) and self-regulation among those with high honor-concerns after being offended. The aim of this research was to gain more insight into the dynamics of conflict development and conflict escalation when honor is at stake. Based on the findings gathered during his doctoral research, Saïd is currently developing and examining potential intervention methods to diminish and resolve honor-related conflicts. His research is funded by a grant from the NWO.
- Who Are You Calling Rude? Honor-Related Differences in Morality and Competence Evaluations After an Insult. Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, 7(1), 38-56. doi:10.1111/ncmr.12024 (2014)
- The Good News about Honor Culture: The Preference for Cooperative Conflict Management in the Absence of Insults. Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, 6(2), 67-78. doi:10.1111/ncmr.12007 (2013)
- Bezint eer ge beschimpt: Eergerelateerde verschillen in fysiologische reacties op beledigingen. Jaarboek Sociale Psychologie 2013. Groningen, The Netherlands: ASPO Pers. (2013)