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Hiding in the Crowd: Can Mortality Salience Promote Affiliation With Others Who Oppose One’s Worldviews?

Wisman, Arnaud, Koole, S.L. (2001) 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. E-ISSN 1939-1315. (doi:10.1037/0022-3514.84.3.511) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:54301)

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Abstract

The present research highlights affiliation defenses in the psychological confrontation with death. In 3

experiments, it was 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
DOI/Identification number: 10.1037/0022-3514.84.3.511
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Arnaud Wisman
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2016 13:48 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:22 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/54301 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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