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An existential function of doomsday: the effects of existential vulnerability and apocalyptic beliefs on meaning in life

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An existential function of doomsday: the effects of existential vulnerability and apocalyptic beliefs on meaning in life
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Kaslon
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Samuel W.
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1991-
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Andrew A.
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van der Wel
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Robrecht
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Cavanaugh
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Courtney Cavanaugh
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Rutgers University
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Camden Graduate School
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Building on research that suggests apocalyptic beliefs regulate feelings of anxiety over the thought of one’s inevitable death, the purpose of the current research was to test the potential that people, particularly existentially vulnerable people (i.e., individuals who are dissatisfied with the conditions of their lives), derive meaning in life from apocalyptic beliefs. To complete this aim, I conducted an experiment on a sample of Amazon Mechanical Turk (online subject pool) users (N = 202). First, I assessed individual differences in existential vulnerability using the crisis of meaning scale and a trait cynicism scale, and then manipulated apocalyptic beliefs. Specifically, participants were either exposed to an article that provided evidence that the end of the world is near or that end of bookstores is near. Finally, state meaning in life and depressive symptoms (a control variable) were assessed. I hypothesized that the apocalypse would increase state meaning among people who scored high but not low in crisis of meaning and cynicism, respectively. However, the results did not support these hypotheses. More research is needed before concluding apocalyptic beliefs can serve as a source for meaning for those high, not low, in existential vulnerability.
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Existential
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Psychology
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End of the world
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Attitude (Psychology)
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Meaning (Philosophy)
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