On the Compatibility of Terror Management Theory and Perspectives on Human Evolution

  title={On the Compatibility of Terror Management Theory and Perspectives on Human Evolution},
  author={Mark Jordan Landau and Sheldon Solomon and Tom Pyszczynski and Jeff Greenberg},
  journal={Evolutionary Psychology},
Terror management theory (TMT) posits that the uniquely human awareness of death gives rise to a potential for debilitating terror, which is averted by the construction and maintenance of cultural worldviews. Over 300 studies have supported hypotheses derived from TMT. In a recent critique of TMT, Navarrete and Fessler (2005) argued that TMT is inconsistent with contemporary evolutionary biology and that the evidence supporting TMT can be better accounted for by an alternative “coalitional… 

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