Terror Management and Self-Awareness: Evidence that Mortality Salience Provokes Avoidance of the Self-Focused State

@inproceedings{Arndt1998TerrorMA,
  title={Terror Management and Self-Awareness: Evidence that Mortality Salience Provokes Avoidance of the Self-Focused State},
  author={Jamie Arndt and Jeff L Greenberg and Linda Simon and Tom Pyszczynski and Sheldon Solomon},
  year={1998}
}
Two studies assessed the terror management hypothesis that when mortality is salient, people will avoid stimuli that increase self-awareness. In Study 1, we measured the length of time that participants wrote about either their death or an exam in cubicles that either did or did not contain a large mirror. In Study 2, participants completed either a death anxiety scale or a future concerns scale and then wrote a story fostering either an internal or external focus of attention. As predicted, in… CONTINUE READING

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