Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2011

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Douglas A. Gentile

Abstract

The personal feelings experienced while engaging with a fictional narrative were examined for their potential terror management function. In particular, the aesthetic experience of self-modifying feelings, which allow for the recognition of shared experiences between characters, humankind, and oneself, were hypothesized to serve as a way of bolstering one's cultural worldview and alleviating death anxiety. Study 1 did not support the hypothesis that self-modifying feelings were more likely to occur after mortality salience. Study 2 and subsequent exploratory analyses did identify self-modifying feelings as related to death thought accessibility after watching a television episode; however, this was in the opposite direction as expected. Additional types of feelings and personality traits are also considered for their function of narratives.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-2662

Copyright Owner

Julia Maier

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-06

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

123 pages

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Psychology Commons

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