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

@article{HarmonJones1997TerrorMT,
  title={Terror management theory and self-esteem: evidence that increased self-esteem reduces mortality salience effects.},
  author={E. Harmon-Jones and L. Simon and J. Greenberg and T. Pyszczynski and S. Solomon and H. McGregor},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={1997},
  volume={72 1},
  pages={
          24-36
        }
}
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… Expand
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