Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Research suggests that humans engage in several worldview defense mechanisms to shield against the terror associated with an awareness of mortality (Greenberg, Pyszczynski, & Solomon, 1986). To mitigate anxiety, people strongly adhere to their cultural worldviews that allow them to boost their self-esteem. This self-esteem fosters a sense of immortality because the world is considered a 'just" place that will not harm someone that is living in adherence to cultural guidelines (Rosenblatt, Greenberg, Solomon, Pyszczynski, & Lyon, 1989). This paper provides a theoretical background for Terror Management Theory including its philosophical origination, the primary tenets of the theory, and the experimental methods used to manipulate death awareness.
BF1 .M63 v. 20 no. 1 2014
Arrowood, Robert B. and Pope, J. Brian
"Terror management theory: A theoretical perspective on orgination, maintenance, and research,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 20:
1, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol20/iss1/8