The dynamics of death and meaning: the effects of death-relevant cognitions and personal need for structure on perceptions of meaning in life.

@article{Vess2009TheDO,
  title={The dynamics of death and meaning: the effects of death-relevant cognitions and personal need for structure on perceptions of meaning in life.},
  author={Matthew Vess and Clay Routledge and Mark Jordan Landau and Jamie Arndt},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2009},
  volume={97 4},
  pages={728-44}
}
Do reminders of mortality increase or decrease perceptions of life's meaning? The authors propose that death-relevant thought has divergent effects on meaning perceptions depending on individuals' personal need for structure (PNS) or dispositional desire for structured knowledge. In prior research, high-PNS individuals primed with mortality-related stimuli were found to employ clearly structured conceptions of reality. Consequently, these individuals were expected to show stable or even… CONTINUE READING
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