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On the meaningfulness of existence: when life salience boosts adherence to worldviews.

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dc.contributor.author van Tilburg, Wijnand A.P.
dc.contributor.author Igou, Eric Raymond
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-22T14:29:30Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-22T14:29:30Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/5416
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract We investigated when and how life salience boosts adherence to worldviews. It was hypothesized that, similar to thoughts of mortality, thoughts about a meaningful existence increase adherence to worldviews. Study 1a, 1b, and 1c yielded support for the symmetric effects of life and mortality salience on existential thoughts and worldview adherence. Furthermore, study 2 showed that contemplating life's meaningfulness (versus meaninglessness) increased adherence to worldviews. Study 3 showed increased worldview adherence when contemplating life's meaningfulness (versus meaninglessness), and provided additional evidence that the effect on worldview adherence was mediated by the appraisals of life's meaningfulness. Finally, study 4 suggests that both reflecting on life and mortality leads to more worldview adherence under conditions of meaningful life appraisals. The findings are discussed with respect to research in existential psychology. Copyright (C) 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Wiley and Sons en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries European Journal of Social Psychology;41 (6), pp. 740-750
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.819
dc.rights This is the peer reviewd version of the following article:On the meaningfulness of existence: when life salience boosts adherence to worldviews, European Journal of Social Psychology, 2011 41 (6), pp. 740-750, http://dx.doi.or/10.1002/ejsp.819. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving. en_US
dc.subject mortality salience en_US
dc.subject terror management en_US
dc.subject self-awareness en_US
dc.subject meaninglessness en_US
dc.title On the meaningfulness of existence: when life salience boosts adherence to worldviews. en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2016-12-22T14:19:41Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1002/ejsp.819
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1148112
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle European Journal Of Social Psychology
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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