ANXIETY BUFFER DISRUPTION: INTERPLAY BETWEEN NEUROCOGNITIVE FUNCTIONING AND WORLDVIEW DEFENSE IN POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
According to anxiety buffer disruption theory, traumatic experiences can disrupt one’s ability to manage anxiety. There are several studies finding that after reminders of death, individuals high in trauma symptoms respond atypically – that is, whereas most individuals respond to reminders of death with increased self-esteem striving, traumatized individuals do not. Prior research has found that a certain level of cognitive resources are integral to the process of managing death-related thoughts; because traumatized individuals often report cognitive deficits, it may be that atypical ...
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