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In the Wake of 9-11: The Psychology of Terror

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This text explores the emotions of despair, fear and anger that arose after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in the Autumn of 2001. The authors analyse reactions to the attacks through the lens of terror management theory, an existenial psychological model that explains why humans react the way they do to the threat of death and how this rea ...more
Hardcover, 227 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by American Psychological Association (APA) (first published August 15th 2002)
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Don
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Probably the best, most accessible introduction to experimental existential psychology.
Ryan
May 11, 2008 rated it liked it
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As a social psychologist, I will always be biased towards books by social psychologists, but I would have to say that this book does an exceptional job at covering a specific psychological theory and applying it to the problems of the world we live in. Of course my particular opinions differ from the authors considerably in some areas, but I still think this text is an important thought experiment for everyone to take. Just the sheer act of trying to see the world populated by individuals, no ma ...more
Annas Jiwa Pratama
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
An exemplary book that answers the question "How do you condense over two decades worth of research and theory building ?" by showing how it's done.

For psychologists I guess the most profound lesson one can get is that any scientist worth their salt should never confine themselves to textbooks and journals of their own academia. Terror Management Theory itself is heavily influenced by existentialism and the works of cultural anthrop., Ernest Becker. The world is far too complex to be understood
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Geordon VanTassle
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Just got this in the post for my next set of classes. This is for "Psychology of Disaster" and should make for some enlightening reading. I'll be interested to see how this relates back to what I learned in my AA Psychology program.
Matthew
Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Terror Management Theory, the book.
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