Presentation on theme: "HOW DO PEOPLE DEAL WITH THREATS TO THEIR BELIEFS? Doomsday predictions and terror management."— Presentation transcript:
HOW DO PEOPLE DEAL WITH THREATS TO THEIR BELIEFS? Doomsday predictions and terror management
Back to Festinger et al… December 17—4pm spaceship expected Captain Video Boy with spaceship vision Another expectation at midnight Meeting with 5 spacemen Midnight on the 20 th Recording on the porch December 24 New observer
How did people deal with disconfirmations? (Lake City) Mrs. Keech and Dr. Armstrong Daisy Armstrong and Edna Post Mark Post Cleo and Bob Eastman Bertha and Clyde Kurt Arthur Bergen
Dealing in Collegeville Kitty Fred and Laura Susan George Hal Why were there different reactions in Collegeville vs. Lake City?
Conditions for resistance to change Belief w/conviction and relevance to what believes does or how behaves Must have committed to it—taken important actions that are hard to undo To change: Specific and concerned with real world so can get refutation Undeniable disconfirm evidence must occur and be recognized To stay Need social support
Did disconfirmation lead to more prostelyzing? Wouldn’t talk to press on 16 th, after 21 st, actively called reporters After 16 th, more admitted to house and treated better, especially after 21 st Less secrecy after 16 th Number of predictions increased and saw strangers as spacemen
Does the study support CDT? Why did the group eventually die out? Other examples of groups and how reacted after beliefs are threatened Any methodological comments on the study?
Can terror management also say something about these events? Greenberg, Solomon, Pyszczynski Background Began as grad students Initial reaction chilly—why? Mini vs. meta-theories What are the main tenets of the theory? Proximal vs. distal defenses How do children develop it, according to the authors? How is it related to CDT?
How can people react to threats? Derogation Assimilation Accommodation Annihilation Which of these did people in Festinger et al. use? What are other examples of their use?
Reminders of mortality increase support of WV and need for SE Bolstering SE and WV should reduce anxiety in response to threat and MS Threatening WV and SE should increase anxiety and MS How has MS been operationalized?
Implications of TMT For health For politics Any recent examples? How can our “terror” be reduced? Are the authors’ ideas practical?