Hiding in the crowd: Can mortality salience promote affiliation with others who oppose one's worldviews?

Wisman, A. and Koole, S.L. (2003) Hiding in the crowd: Can mortality salience promote affiliation with others who oppose one's worldviews? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84 (3). pp. 511-526. ISSN 0022-3514 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The present research highlights affiliation defenses in the psychological confrontation with death. In 3 experiments. it A as found that mortality salience led to increased affiliation strivings, as indicated by a greater preference for sitting within a group as opposed to sitting alone. Mortality salience actually led to increased affiliation with a worldview-threatening group (Experiments 1-2), even when affiliation with the group forced participants to attack their own worldviews (Experiment 3). Taken together, the findings support a distinct role of affiliation defenses against existential concerns. Moreover, affiliation defenses seem powerful enough to override worldview validation defenses, even when the worldviews in question are personally relevant and highly accessible

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: C.A. Simms
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2008 16:04
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2010 14:16
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4590 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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