Terror management theory

deathVia ScienceDaily:

‘Dr Arnaud Wisman and Dr Nathan Heflick, of the University’s School of Psychology, set out to establish in four separate studies whether people lose hope when thinking about death—known as Terror Management Theory—under a range of different conditions.

‘The research was based on the premise that self-awareness among humans has been shown to create the potential for hope—or the general expectation and feeling that future desired outcomes will occur.

‘Paradoxically however, this self-awareness, which is thought to be unique to humans, also renders them conscious of their own mortality—known as mortality salience. The psychologists found that mortality salience affected feelings of hope among people with high and low self-esteem in different ways.’

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