The Meaning Maintenance Model: On the Coherence of Social Motivations

  title={The Meaning Maintenance Model: On the Coherence of Social Motivations},
  author={Steven J. Heine and Travis Proulx and Kathleen D. Vohs},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Review},
  pages={110 - 88}
The meaning maintenance model (MMM) proposes that people have a needfor meaning; that is, a need to perceive events through a prism of mental representations of expected relations that organizes their perceptions of the world. When people's sense of meaning is threatened, they reaffirm alternative representations as a way to regain meaning-a process termedfluid compensation. According to the model, people can reaffirm meaning in domains that are differentfrom the domain in which the threat… 
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    Personality and social psychology review : an official journal of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc
  • 2014
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