The issue of psychological security within an increasingly unstable, interconnected world has become a defining challenge of modern individual and cultural life. The terror attacks of September 11, 2001 and the global financial crisis that unfolded in 2008 have intensified a sense of global and personal insecurity. This concern with psychological insecurity is reflected in contemporary culture, politics, the business world, consumer behavior, the arts, and other areas.
Within this context, the psychological sciences have kept pace, vigorously investigating these issues. This handbook features the latest theory and research examining cognitive, emotional, and behavioral responses to security threats. It expands the conceptual focus from specific security threats to the broader range of antecedents, processes, and consequences of psychological security/insecurity.
The chapters are organized into four content areas: personal security in individual contexts, personal security in interpersonal contexts, personal security with cultural and health contexts, and interdisciplinary analyses of personal security. They represent a new and vibrant area of research unified by the common goal of understanding the factors that shape a sense of personal security. Together, these provocative chapters provide specific starting points that will shape future theory, policy, and practice on this dominant social issue of the 21st Century and, more importantly, offer opportunities to connect social and personality psychology to its scientific kin.
DETAILED TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Chapter 1: Introduction and Overview
PART I. PERSONAL SECURITY IN INDIVIDUAL CONTEXTS
- Chapter 02: Security and Uncertainty in Contemporary Delayed-Return Cultures: Coping with the Blockage of Personal Goals
Kees van den Bos, Ian McGregor, & Leonard Martin
- Chapter 03: Being Threatened and Being a Threat Can Increase Reliance On Thoughts: A Self-Validation Approach
Pablo Briñol, Kenneth G. DeMarree, & Richard E. Petty
- Chapter 04: Psychological Insecurity and Leadership Styles.
Christiane Schoel, Dagmar Stahlberg, and Constantine Sedikides
- Chapter 05: The psychology of defensiveness: An integrative security system model of attachment, self-esteem, and worldviews.
- Chapter 06: Part I Commentary.
Colin Holbrook & Dan Fessler
PART II: PERSONAL SECURITY IN INTERPERSONAL CONTEXTS
- Chapter 07: Narcissism and Protection Against Social Threat.
Stephanie D. Freis, Ashley A. Brown, & Robert M. Arkin
- Chapter 08: Regulating Relationship Security of Chronically Insecure Partners
- Chapter 09: An Attachment Perspective on Personal Security
Mario Milkulincer & Phillip R. Shaver
- Chapter 10: Attachment Security and Prosociality: Dynamics, Underlying Mechanisms, and Implications
Omri Gillath & Gery Karantzas
- Chapter 11: A Goal Circumplex Model of Security Strivings in Social and Cultural Context.
Kornel Tomczyk, Boya Yu, and Xinyue Zhou
- Chapter 12: Ostracism Threatens Personal Security: A Temporal Need Threat Framework.
Eric D. Wesselmann, Andrew Hales, Dongning Ren, & Kipling D. Williams
- Chapter 13: Part II Commentary
Margaret Clark, Katherine Von Culin, & Jennifer Hirsch
PART III: PERSONAL SECURITY IN CULTURAL AND HEALTH CONTEXTS.
- Chapter 14: Security Seeking in a Regulatory Focus Whodunit: The Case of the Relative Orientation in Behavioral Economics
Geoffrey Leonardelli, Vanessa Bohns, and Jun Gu
- Chapter 15: Achieving Existential Security through Symbolically Fusing Secular and Religious Sources of Control and Order.
Aaron Kay, Steven Shepherd, and Richard Eibach
- Chapter 16: Responding to Psychological Threats with Deliberate Ignorance: Causes and Remedies
James Shepperd & Jenny Howell
- Chapter 17: Uncertainty in Healthcare: A Multi-Level Approach
Sara Andrews & Kate Sweeny
- Chapter 18: Part III Commentary
Alexendar J. Rothman, Allison K. Farrell, and Lisa Auster-Gussman
PART IV: INTERDISCIPLINARY ANALYSES OF PERSONAL SECURITY:
- Chapter 19: "Fear Appeals" and Security in American Foreign Relations
- Chapter 20: Terrorism, Personal Security, and Responsible Policy Making
John Mueller and Mark G. Stewart
- Chapter 21: Secure in their beliefs: Personal security, the quest for personal significance, and the psychology of extremism
Arie Kruglanski & Noa Schori-Eyal
- Chapter 22: The Ecology and Evolution of Personal Security: Adaptive Interdependence of the Individual and the Collective
- Chapter 23: Part IV Commentary
Thomas Kolditz & John Lovelace