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Lecture 7 3 Terror Management Theory Warning -some may be considered unpleasant -Thinking about your own death exercise -Can feel anxious or even motivational -Spend a lot of time not thinking about it Spend a few moments thinking about the emotions that come to mind as you think about your own death Mortality salience manipulations-thinking about death 4 Human cog capacities lead to awareness of people’s ultimate mortality -Lizards, dogs don’t think about death; humans do Awareness creates potential for paralyzing terror about the inevitability of death -Some may not fear most do 5 As cog cap were evolving, so too were cultural conceptions of reality -variation in culture, but every human group will have some kinds -terror created culture-gives us tools to manage terror Potential for terror created a need for culture to create a mechanism to manage the terror of inevitable death Human survival depended on this 6 Culture provide away to have calmness in the face of human mortality
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