Meaning, Mortality, and Choice: The Social Psychology of Existential Concerns

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  • Copyright: 2012-06-01

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In this thought-provoking addition to the Herzliya Series on Personality and Social Psychology, editors Mario Mikulincer and Phillip R. Shaver have gathered a varied group of international thinkers to investigate these existential concerns within a framew

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Introductionp. 3
The Problem of Finitudep. 15
Terror Management Theory: From Genesis to Revelationsp. 17
Helplessness: A Hidden Liability Associated With Failed Defenses Against Awareness of Deathp. 37
A Significant Contributor to a Meaningful Cultural Drama: Terror Management Research on the Functions and Implications of Self-Esteemp. 55
Culture, Ideology, Morality, and Religion: Death Changes Everythingp. 75
A Body of Terror: Denial of Death and the Creaturely Bodyp. 93
The Impermanence of All Things: An Existentialist Stance on Personal and Social Changep. 111
The Threat of Meaninglessnessp. 127
Meaning: Ubiquitous and Effortlessp. 129
Religion as a Source of Meaningp. 145
Becoming and Developing: Personal Growth in the Wake of Parenthood and Grandparenthoodp. 163
Deriving Solace From a Nemesis: Having Scapegoats and Enemies Buffers the Threat of Meaninglessnessp. 183
Terrorism as Means to an End: How Political Violence Bestows Significancep. 203
The Challenge of Freedomp. 213
Beyond Illusions and Defense: Exploring the Possibilities and Limits of Human Autonomy and Responsibility Through Self-Determination Theoryp. 215
Conditional Regard in Close Relationshipsp. 235
Removing the Constraints on Our Choices: A Psychobiological Approach to the Effects of Mindfulness-Based Techniquesp. 253
Choice, Freedom, and Autonomyp. 271
Connection Versus Isolation and Lonelinessp. 289
An Attachment Perspective on Coping With Existential Concernsp. 291
Ostracism: The Impact of Being Rendered Meaninglessp. 309
Why People Die by Suicide: Further Development and Tests of the Interpersonal-Psychological Theory of Suicidal Behaviorp. 325
Overcoming Existential Threats and Challengesp. 337
The Case of Allison: An Existential-Integrative Inquiry Into Death Anxiety, Groundlessness, and the Quest for Meaning and Awep. 339
Separation Theory and Voice Therapy Methodologyp. 353
Acceptance and Commitment to Chosen Values in Cognitive Behavior Therapyp. 379
Synthesisp. 399
The Social Psychology of Meaning, Mortality, and Choice: An Integrative Perspective on Existential Concernsp. 401
Indexp. 419
About the Editorsp. 437
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