Terror Management Theory

Terror Management Theory

… was developed to explain the motivational underpinnings of phenomena such as self-esteem defense and prejudice.

The theory posits that to manage the potential for terror engendered by the awareness of mortality, humans sustain faith in worldviews which provide a sense that they are significant beings in an enduring, meaningful world rather than mere material animals fated only to obliteration upon death.

in: Chapter 19: Terror Management Theory
Jeff Greenberg and Jamie Arndt
Handbook of Theories of Social Psychology: Volume One
edited by Paul A M Van Lange, Arie W Kruglanski, E Tory Higgins
SAGE Publications.



2 thoughts on “Terror Management Theory

  1. Pingback: Nothing Focuses The Mind Like … | franzcalvo

  2. Pingback: Prediction. Opinion might be better. | franzcalvo

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s