Compensatory conviction in the face of personal uncertainty: going to extremes and being oneself.

@article{Mcgregor2001CompensatoryCI,
  title={Compensatory conviction in the face of personal uncertainty: going to extremes and being oneself.},
  author={Ian Mcgregor and Mark P. Zanna and John G. Holmes and Steven John Spencer},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2001},
  volume={80 3},
  pages={
          472-88
        }
}
Study 1 participants' self-integrity (C. M. Steele. 1988) was threatened by deliberative mind-set (S. E. Taylor & P. M. Gollwitzer, 1995) induced uncertainty. They masked the uncertainty with more extreme conviction about social issues. An integrity-repair exercise after the threat, however, eliminated uncertainty and the conviction response. In Study 2, the same threat caused clarified values and more self-consistent personal goals. Two other uncertainty-related threats, mortality salience and… 

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