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REFLECTING ON LIFE WHILE CONFRONTING MORTALITY: HOW THE FEAR OF DEATH INFLUENCES FORGIVENESS

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Title:REFLECTING ON LIFE WHILE CONFRONTING MORTALITY: HOW THE FEAR OF DEATH INFLUENCES FORGIVENESS
Authors:Vila, Giovanni Garrett Onnagan
Contributors:Hubbard, Amy E. (advisor)
Communicology (department)
Keywords:Communication
Social psychology
Apologies
Forgiveness
Mortality Salience
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Date Issued:2019
Publisher:University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Abstract:Terror management scholars proposed people’s attitudes, actions, and behaviors are driven by the anxiety associated with the awareness of death. Much evidence currently supports the notion that people act defensively and are less tolerant of others when they are reminded of death. But this might have been due to the narrow way that terror management researchers have typically primed people to think about death in their studies. The present study compared two different death reminder procedures on people’s willingness to forgive and to accept an apology. This study found that people who were reminded of death by a typical death reminder priming were more unwilling to forgive and more unwilling to accept an apology than people reminded of death by a death reminder priming that also involved thinking of others. Results of this study provided evidence that some reminders of death can prompt people to act less defensively and that the way thoughts of death are evoked matters.
Pages/Duration:84 pages
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/63487
Appears in Collections: M.A. - Communicology


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