Terror management theory
|Terror management theory|
|The academic study of the fear of death.|
Terror management theory is the psychological theory about how humans deal with fear of death. Systematic research on this in the 1970s began to confirm that even subliminal reminders of mortality can have a huge effect on people, motivating them to become not only more fearful, but xenophobic and submissive to authorities. This explains why, for example, the popularity of George W. Bush leaped after September 11th, in spite of his demonstrably underwhelming performance (reading a story about a pet goat to a class of Florida first graders, even after he is told about the terrorist attacks underway in New York).
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