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God and the government: testing a compensatory control mechanism for the support of external systems.
The authors propose that the high levels of support often observed for governmental and religious systems can be explained, in part, as a means of coping with the threat posed by chronically orExpand
Inequality, discrimination, and the power of the status quo: Direct evidence for a motivation to see the way things are as the way they should be.
How powerful is the status quo in determining people's social ideals? The authors propose (a) that people engage in injunctification, that is, a motivated tendency to construe the current status quoExpand
Attachment and internalizing behavior in early childhood: a meta-analysis.
Empirical research supporting the contention that insecure attachment is related to internalizing behaviors has been inconsistent. Across 60 studies including 5,236 families, we found a significant,Expand
Randomness, Attributions of Arousal, and Belief in God
Beliefs in God, or similar spiritual forces, have permeated every culture the world has seen, past or present (Atran & Norenzayan, 2004). Although there are likely many reasons why such beliefs areExpand
Social disadvantage and the self-regulatory function of justice beliefs.
Five studies support the hypothesis that beliefs in societal fairness offer a self-regulatory benefit for members of socially disadvantaged groups. Specifically, members of disadvantaged groups areExpand
Divergent effects of activating thoughts of God on self-regulation.
Despite the cultural ubiquity of ideas and images related to God, relatively little is known about the effects of exposure to God representations on behavior. Specific depictions of God differ acrossExpand
On the belief in God : Towards an understanding of the emotional substrates of compensatory control
We suggest that beliefs in a controlling God originate, at least in part, from the desire to avoid the emotionally uncomfortable experience of perceiving the world as random and chaotic. Forty-sevenExpand
Reactance Versus Rationalization
How do people respond to government policies and work environments that place restrictions on their personal freedoms? The psychological literature offers two contradictory answers to this question.Expand
Who wants to get to the top? Class and lay theories about power.
We investigated class-based differences in the propensity to seek positions of power. We first proposed that people's lay theories suggest that acquiring power requires playing politics-manipulatingExpand
Endorsing complementary stereotypes about others (i.e., stereotypes consisting of a balance of positive and negative characteristics) can function to satisfy the need to perceive one's social systemExpand