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Shuffling Deck Chairs on the Titanic: A Terror Management Perspective on Idleness Aversion and Preference for Busyness
Rogers, Ross E.

2018, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Ohio University, Experimental Psychology (Arts and Sciences).
Busyness is often preferred over idleness (Hsee, Yang, & Wang, 2010). Drawing from Terror Management Theory (TMT; Greenberg, Pyszczynski, & Solomon, 1986), I argue that existential concerns regarding inevitable personal mortality, in part, contribute to preference for busyness. Three studies support this reasoning. In Study 1, mortality salience increased behavioral busyness. In Study 2, mortality salience marginally elevated favorability toward a busy (vs. idle) individual. In Study 3, being busy reduced the need to engage alternative self-esteem striving-related defenses following a reminder of death. Discussion considers the terror management function of busyness.
Mark Alicke, PhD (Committee Chair)
102 p.

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Rogers, Ross. "Shuffling Deck Chairs on the Titanic: A Terror Management Perspective on Idleness Aversion and Preference for Busyness." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. Ohio University, 2018. OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center. 20 Jul 2018.

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