Terror management theory and self-esteem revisited: the roles of implicit and explicit self-esteem in mortality salience effects.

@article{Schmeichel2009TerrorMT,
  title={Terror management theory and self-esteem revisited: the roles of implicit and explicit self-esteem in mortality salience effects.},
  author={Brandon J. Schmeichel and Matthew Thomas Gailliot and E. Filardo and Ian Mcgregor and Seth A. Gitter and Roy F. Baumeister},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2009},
  volume={96 5},
  pages={
          1077-87
        }
}
Three studies tested the roles of implicit and/or explicit self-esteem in reactions to mortality salience. In Study 1, writing about death versus a control topic increased worldview defense among participants low in implicit self-esteem but not among those high in implicit self-esteem. In Study 2, a manipulation to boost implicit self-esteem reduced the effect of mortality salience on worldview defense. In Study 3, mortality salience increased the endorsement of positive personality… 

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