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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYCH 2310
Professor
Arndt
Semester
Spring

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Conflict: self-preservation vs. knowledge of… mortality = terror/anxiety Solution = …culture: shared symbolic conception of reality that imbues the world with meaning, order, and permanence Culture addresses basic questions about existence 1. How did we get here? (explanation of creation) 2. What do we do while we’re here? (roles, identities, values) 3. What happens after we’re here? (promise of immortality) Basic Idea of TMT: We protect ourselves from awareness of death by investing in 2 part anxiety- buffer 1. Belief that world/existence is meaningful 2. Self- esteem a. “Significant contributor to a meaningful cultural drama” So what’s the problem? / Implications 1. Self-esteem & beliefs are culturally relative 2. Self-esteem & beliefs are fragile a. Constructions needing social validation i. The role of ritual and tradition So wh
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