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Journal
2008 | 4 | 23-34
Article title

DEFENSE STRATEGIES AGAINST EXISTENTIAL FEAR (Strategie obrony przed lekiem egzystencjalnym)

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Languages of publication
PL
Abstracts
EN
This paper analyzes people's responses to the experience of the strongest existential terror -the fear of death. The first section describes the Terror Management Theory (TMT) and its proposed ways of reducing fear: by boosting one's self-esteem and by activating a collective system of meanings. However, much of the data discussed further in the paper shows that facts related to the experience of mortality salience are better explained and predicted by the assumption that the regulatory mechanism relies on seeking social approval and on mood regulation. This has been reflected by such surprising behavior as increased interest in one's appearance, conspicuous consumption, or seeking power in response to confronting the idea of death. However, further studies are needed to resolve existing controversies.
Journal
Year
Issue
4
Pages
23-34
Physical description
Document type
ARTICLE
Contributors
  • Wieslaw Lukaszewski, Szkola Wyzsza Psychologii Spolecznej, Wydzial Zamiejscowy w Sopocie, ul. Polna 16, 81-745 Sopot, Poland
References
Document Type
Publication order reference
Identifiers
CEJSH db identifier
09PLAAAA061525
YADDA identifier
bwmeta1.element.30a7bd33-c175-3057-94dc-522fa3ff9b34
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