- Brad Johnson, Univ. of Kent
- Arnaud Wisman, Univ. of Kent
- Mark Landau, Univ. of Kansas
- Trevor Swanson, Univ. of Kansas
Based on terror management theory (TMT) and conceptual metaphor theory (CMT), the current perspective proposes that giving death a human form (e.g., The Grim Reaper) is conducive to dealing with reminders of personal mortality. Our findings suggest that death personification can preserve hope for individuals low in personal need for structure (PNS), while depleting hope for those high in PNS.