Handbook of Experimental Existential Psychology

Handbook of Experimental Existential Psychology

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Social and personality psychologists traditionally have focused their attention on the most basic building blocks of human thought and behaviour, while existential psychologists pursued broader, more abstract questions regarding the nature of existence and the meaning of life. This volume bridges this long-standing divide by demonstrating how rigorous experimental methods can be applied to understanding key existential concerns, including death, uncertainty, identity, meaning, morality, isolation, determinism, and freedom. Bringing together leading scholars and investigators, the Handbook presents the influential theories and research findings that collectively are helping to define the emerging field of experimental existential psychology.show more

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  • Paperback
  • Guilford Publications
  • United States
  • English
  • 113887485X
  • 9781138874855

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Part 1: Introduction. Pyszczynski, Greenberg, Koole, Experimental Existential Psychology: Exploring the Human Confrontation with Reality. Part 2: Existential Realities. Solomon, Greenberg, Pyszczynski, The Cultural Animal: Twenty Years of Terror Management Theory and Research. Arndt, Cook, Routledge, The Blueprint of Terror Management: Understanding the Cognitive Architecture of Psychological Defense against the Awareness of Death. Florian, Mikulincer, A Multifaceted Model of the Existential Meanings, Manifestations, and Consequences of the Fear of Personal Death. Goldenberg, Roberts, The Beast within the Beauty: An Existential Perspective on the Objectification and Condemnation of Women. Koole, van den Berg, Paradise Lost and Reclaimed: A Motivational Analysis of Human-Nature Relations. Taubman - Ben-Ari, Risk Taking in Adolescence: "To Be or Not to Be" Is Not Really the Question. Janoff-Bulman, Yopyk, Random Outcomes and Valued Commitments: Existential Dilemmas and the Paradox of Meaning. Part 3: Systems of Meaning and Value. Batson, Stocks, Religion: Its Core Psychological Functions. Tangney, Mashek, In Search of the Moral Person: Do You Have to Feel Really Bad to Be Good? Van den Bos, An Existentialist Approach to the Social Psychology of Fairness: The Influence of Mortality and Uncertainty Salience on Reactions to Fair and Unfair Events. McGregor, Zeal, Identity, and Meaning: Going to Extremes to Be One Self. Sedikides, Wildschut, Baden, Nostalgia: Conceptual Issues and Existential Functions. Young, Morris, Existential Meanings and Cultural Models: The Interplay of Personal and Supernatural Agency in American and Hindu Ways of Responding to Uncertainty. Salzman, Halloran, Cultural Trauma and Recovery: Cultural Meaning, Self-Esteem, and the Reconstruction of the Cultural Anxiety Buffer. Dechesne, Kruglanski, Terror's Epistemic Consequences: Existential Threat and the Quest for Certainty and Closure. Jost, Fitzsimons, Kay, The Ideological Animal: A System Justification View. Part 4: The Human Connection. Mikulincer, Florian, Hirschberger, The Terror of Death and the Quest for Love: An Existential Perspective on Close Relationships. Castano, Yzerbyt, Paladino, Transcending Oneself through Social Identification. Haidt, Algoe, Moral Amplification and the Emotions That Attach Us to Saints and Demons. Case, Williams, Ostracism: A Metaphor for Death. Pinel, Long, Landau, Pyszczynski, I-Sharing, the Problem of Existential Isolation, and Their Implications for Interpersonal and Intergroup Phenomena. Wicklund, Vida-Grim, Bellezza in Interpersonal Relations. Part 5: Freedom and the Will. Bargh, Being Here Now: Is Consciousness Necessary for Human Freedom? Vohs, Baumeister, Ego Depletion, Self-Control, and Choice. Kuhl, Koole, Workings of the Will: A Functional Approach. Martin, Campbell, Henry, The Roar of Awakening: Mortality Acknowledgment as a Call to Authentic Living. Ryan, Deci, Autonomy Is No Illusion: Self-Determination Theory and the Empirical Study of Authenticity, Awareness, and Will. Kasser, Sheldon, Non-Becoming, Alienated Becoming, and Authentic Becoming: A Goal-Based Approach. Part 6: Postmortem. Koole, Greenberg, Pyszczynski, The Best of Two Worlds: Experimental Existential Psychology Now and in the Future.show more

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