On the meaningfulness of existence: When life salience boosts adherence to worldviews

@article{Tilburg2011OnTM,
  title={On the meaningfulness of existence: When life salience boosts adherence to worldviews},
  author={Wijnand A. P. Tilburg and Eric Raymond Igou and Eric Raymond Igou},
  journal={European Journal of Social Psychology},
  year={2011},
  volume={41},
  pages={740-750}
}
We investigated when and how life salience boosts adherence to worldviews. It was hypothesized that, similar to thoughts of mortality, thoughts about a meaningful existence increase adherence to worldviews. Study 1a, 1b, and 1c yielded support for the symmetric effects of life and mortality salience on existential thoughts and worldview adherence. Furthermore, study 2 showed that contemplating life's meaningfulness (versus meaninglessness) increased adherence to worldviews. Study 3 showed… 

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