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Various forms of existential distress are associated with aggressive tendencies

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Show simple item record van Tilburg, Wijnand A.P. Igou, Eric Raymond Maher, Paul J. Lennon, Joseph 2019-03-20T10:00:35Z 2019
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract We propose that aggressive tendencies are more (vs. less) pronounced among people who frequently (vs. less frequently) experience challenges to their perceived meaning in life. We tested this hypothesis for three different forms of existential distress: loneliness, boredom, and disillusionment. The results of Study 1 confirm that loneliness is associated with aggressive tendencies and that this positive association can be partly attributed to the search for meaning that comes with loneliness. The results of Study 2 indicate that meaning search plays a similar role in the relationship between boredom proneness and aggressive tendencies. Finally, the results of Study 3 indicate that the more often people feel disillusioned, the more pronounced their aggressive tendencies are, and this association is again partly attributable to meaning search. These findings suggest that aggressive tendencies have roots in existential distress and in the motivation to find meaning in life. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Personality and Individual Differences;144, pp. 111--119
dc.rights This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Personality and Indiviual Differences.. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Personality and Individual Differences, 2019, 144, pp. 111-119, en_US
dc.subject aggression en_US
dc.subject loneliness en_US
dc.subject boredom en_US
dc.subject disillusionment en_US
dc.subject meaning en_US
dc.title Various forms of existential distress are associated with aggressive tendencies 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.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.paid.2019.02.032 2021-03-08
dc.embargo.terms 2021-03-08 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2900281

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