Terror management theory and self-esteem: evidence that increased self-esteem reduces mortality salience effects.

  title={Terror management theory and self-esteem: evidence that increased self-esteem reduces mortality salience effects.},
  author={Eddie Harmon-Jones and Linda Simon and Jeff Greenberg and Tom Pyszczynski and Sheldon Solomon and Holly Mcgregor},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={72 1},
On the basis of the terror management theory proposition that self-esteem provides protection against concerns about mortality, it was hypothesized that self-esteem would reduce the worldview defense produced by mortality salience (MS). The results of Experiments 1 and 2 confirmed this hypothesis by showing that individuals with high self-esteem (manipulated in Experiment 1; dispositional in Experiment 2) did not respond to MS with increased worldview defense, whereas individuals with moderate… 

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