Monday, March 9, 2020

Anxiety Buffer

An anxiety buffer is a concept in Terror Management Theory. When faced with reminders of death (mortality salience), people develop ways to manage the resulting anxiety. People buffer themselves in different ways according to those values that are highly meaningful to them and those available when under threat. 

Religion is one of the most common and nearly universal ways people buffer themselves against this type of anxiety.

See also

Terror Management Theory (TMT)

Meaning Maintenance Model (MMM)

Reactive Approach Motivation (RAM)


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