Terror Mismanagement: Evidence That Mortality Salience Exacerbates Phobic and Compulsive Behaviors

  title={Terror Mismanagement: Evidence That Mortality Salience Exacerbates Phobic and Compulsive Behaviors},
  author={Eric Strachan and Jeff Schimel and Jamie Arndt and Todd J. Williams and Sheldon Solomon and Tom Pyszczynski and Jeff Greenberg},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={1137 - 1151}
Terror management theory (TMT) posits that cultural worldviews and self-esteem function to buffer humans from mortality-related anxiety. TMT research has shown that important behaviors are influenced by mortality salience (MS) even when they have no obvious connection to death. However, there has been no attempt to investigate TMT processes in anxious responding. The present research examines that question. In Study 1, compared to a control condition, MS increased anxious responding to spider… 
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