Just world and the emotional defense of self

Hans Uzerman*, Jan Willem Van Prooijen

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    This research examines how individuals with different affect regulation strategies cope with just-world threats. Our study demonstrated that individuals who poorly downregulate negative affect (a state-oriented style) more avidly attempt to defend a just world after this opportunity is offered via an authority figure when that belief of a just world was threatened than do individuals who successfully downregulate negative affect (an action-oriented style), after a filler task. Sizable differences thus exist in how individuals defend their just-world beliefs as a function of how people deal with their affective states.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)117-120
    Number of pages4
    JournalSocial Psychology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2008


    • Affect regulation
    • Just world
    • Motivation
    • PSI theory


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