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Terror Management Theory

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Terror management theory (TMT) offers a social psychological and empirical framework for examining such questions as “What is the psychological function of culture?” and “Why do people need self-esteem?” The theory suggests that existential concerns associated with the awareness of mortality underlie a pervasive need for meaning imparted by the culture and value derived from living up to cultural standards. In short, cultural worldviews impart a context for deciding what is meaningful and setting the ...

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