Title

From Threat to Sweat: The Role of Physiological Arousal in the Motivation to Maintain Self-Esteem

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2002

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1037/10448-002

Abstract

Discusses the maintenance of self-esteem. The authors address 2 issues, the functions of self-esteem and why and how it is associated with arousal. Following terror management theory, the authors argue that people need self-esteem because it provides a vital buffer against anxiety; it follows that arousal would be heavily involved in self-esteem maintenance processes. The authors review research from a variety of domains to support this argument. It is concluded that self processes have clear biological correlates, and those correlates are, predictably, reflected in the physiology of emotion

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Citation / Publisher Attribution

From Threat to Sweat: The Role of Physiological Arousal in the Motivation to Maintain Self-Esteem, in A. Tesser, D. A. Stapel, & J. V. Wood (Eds.), Self and Motivation: Emerging Psychological Perspectives, p. 43-70

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