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Religious belief as compensatory control.

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Kay, AC; Gaucher, D; McGregor, I; Nash, K
Published in: Personality and social psychology review : an official journal of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc
February 2010

The authors review experimental evidence that religious conviction can be a defensive source of compensatory control when personal or external sources of control are low. They show evidence that (a) belief in religious deities and secular institutions can serve as external forms of control that can compensate for manipulations that lower personal control and (b) religious conviction can also serve as compensatory personal control after experimental manipulations that lower other forms of personal or external control. The authors review dispositional factors that differentially orient individuals toward external or personal varieties of compensatory control and conclude that compensatory religious conviction can be a flexible source of personal and external control for relief from the anxiety associated with random and uncertain experiences.

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Personality and social psychology review : an official journal of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc

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EISSN

1532-7957

ISSN

1088-8683

Publication Date

February 2010

Volume

14

Issue

1

Start / End Page

37 / 48

Related Subject Headings

  • Volition
  • Uncertainty
  • Social Psychology
  • Religion and Psychology
  • Motivation
  • Internal-External Control
  • Humans
  • Defense Mechanisms
  • Culture
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
 

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Kay, A. C., Gaucher, D., McGregor, I., & Nash, K. (2010). Religious belief as compensatory control. Personality and Social Psychology Review : An Official Journal of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc, 14(1), 37–48. https://doi.org/10.1177/1088868309353750
Kay, Aaron C., Danielle Gaucher, Ian McGregor, and Kyle Nash. “Religious belief as compensatory control.Personality and Social Psychology Review : An Official Journal of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc 14, no. 1 (February 2010): 37–48. https://doi.org/10.1177/1088868309353750.
Kay AC, Gaucher D, McGregor I, Nash K. Religious belief as compensatory control. Personality and social psychology review : an official journal of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc. 2010 Feb;14(1):37–48.
Kay, Aaron C., et al. “Religious belief as compensatory control.Personality and Social Psychology Review : An Official Journal of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc, vol. 14, no. 1, Feb. 2010, pp. 37–48. Epmc, doi:10.1177/1088868309353750.
Kay AC, Gaucher D, McGregor I, Nash K. Religious belief as compensatory control. Personality and social psychology review : an official journal of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc. 2010 Feb;14(1):37–48.
Journal cover image

Published In

Personality and social psychology review : an official journal of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc

DOI

EISSN

1532-7957

ISSN

1088-8683

Publication Date

February 2010

Volume

14

Issue

1

Start / End Page

37 / 48

Related Subject Headings

  • Volition
  • Uncertainty
  • Social Psychology
  • Religion and Psychology
  • Motivation
  • Internal-External Control
  • Humans
  • Defense Mechanisms
  • Culture
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder