The Existential Function of Close Relationships: Introducing Death Into the Science of Love

@article{Mikulincer2003TheEF,
  title={The Existential Function of Close Relationships: Introducing Death Into the Science of Love},
  author={Mario Mikulincer and Victor Florian and Gilad Hirschberger},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Review},
  year={2003},
  volume={7},
  pages={20 - 40}
}
Originally, terror management theory proposed two psychological mechanisms in dealing with the terror of death awareness-cultural worldview validation and self-esteem enhancement. In this article, we would like to promote the idea of close relationships as an additional death-anxiety buffering mechanism and review a growing body of empirical data that support this contention. Based on a comprehensive analysis of the sociocultural and personal functions of close relationships, we formulate two… 
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