Self-compassion and terror management : the role of self-compassion in reducing defensive responses to mortality salience

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2015
Kısa, Gazi
Terror Management Theory has been supported by vast evidence for its claims about death anxiety and how it steers many aspects of human life, since its foundation 25 years ago. Self-compassion, which is a more recent term for western psychology (Neff, 2003a), is characterized by an openness to one’s own and others’ suffering without complaining about or avoiding it. In this study, it was investigated whether selfcompassion can have an effect on reactions to existential fear. Specifically it was predicted that those with higher self-compassion will be less affected by mortality salience. The basic effect of terror management was not found, therefore no conclusion about the effect of self-compassion could be reached. Limitations and suggestions for future research are discussed.
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G. Kısa, “Self-compassion and terror management : the role of self-compassion in reducing defensive responses to mortality salience,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2015.