The Same, Only Different

Threat Management Systems as Homologues in the Tree of Life

Authored by: Colin Holbrook , Daniel M. T. Fessler

Handbook of Personal Security

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  April  2015

Print ISBN: 9781848726758
eBook ISBN: 9781315713595
Adobe ISBN: 9781317498476


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Social and personality psychologists have accumulated an enormous corpus of data documenting interrelationships between threat processes and ideological modes of cognition. Unfortunately, these important findings are embedded in a formidably dense and contested patchwork of theories. Indeed, the four chapters making up this section highlight only a subset of the diverse, productive, yet largely disconnected theoretical approaches that have grown around worldview defense (i.e., the intensification of ideological adherence upon detection of a threat). Consider the following selection of perspectives posited to account for the relationship between threat detection and worldview defense (Table 6.1):

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