God and the government: testing a compensatory control mechanism for the support of external systems.

  title={God and the government: testing a compensatory control mechanism for the support of external systems.},
  author={Aaron C. Kay and Danielle Gaucher and Jamie L Napier and Mitchell J Callan and Kristin Laurin},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={95 1},
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 or situationally fluctuating levels of perceived personal control. Three experiments demonstrated a causal relation between lowered perceptions of personal control and the defense of external systems, including increased beliefs in the existence of a controlling God (Studies 1 and 2) and defense of the… CONTINUE READING
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