Terror management and religion: evidence that intrinsic religiousness mitigates worldview defense following mortality salience.

  title={Terror management and religion: evidence that intrinsic religiousness mitigates worldview defense following mortality salience.},
  author={Eva Jonas and Peter Fischer},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={91 3},
  • E. Jonas, P. Fischer
  • Published 1 September 2006
  • Psychology
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
Terror management theory suggests that people cope with awareness of death by investing in some kind of literal or symbolic immortality. Given the centrality of death transcendence beliefs in most religions, the authors hypothesized that religious beliefs play a protective role in managing terror of death. The authors report three studies suggesting that affirming intrinsic religiousness reduces both death-thought accessibility following mortality salience and the use of terror management… 
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