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Symbolic immortality and the management of the terror of death: the moderating role of attachment style.
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PMID:  9523415     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Three studies were designed to examine the contribution of R. J. Lifton's (1979) symbolic immortality construct to the management of the terror of death and to investigate whether attachment style may underlie this contribution. Using a sample of 420 Israeli students, Study 1 revealed an inverse correlation between self-reports of symbolic immortality and fear of personal death. This finding was validated in Study 2 (N = 120), which found that high symbolic immortality reduced the effects of a death salience manipulation on the level of punishment given to a social transgressor. Study 3 (N = 270) refined the association between symbolic immortality and fear of death. The inverse correlation found in Study 1 was revealed only among securely attached persons. The discussion emphasizes the interconnectedness between personality, symbolic immortality, and the management of the terror of death.
V Florian; M Mikulincer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of personality and social psychology     Volume:  74     ISSN:  0022-3514     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pers Soc Psychol     Publication Date:  1998 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-05-11     Completed Date:  1998-05-11     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0014171     Medline TA:  J Pers Soc Psychol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  725-34     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Attitude to Death*
Defense Mechanisms*
Middle Aged
Object Attachment*
Personality Inventory
Students / psychology

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