Introduction to Terror Management Theory

In this section, you will find helpful resources to learn about terror management theory.


A user-friendly resource to introduce teachers to terror management theory.

  • Written by Hannah Tighe
  • Illustrated by Hannah Tighe and Andy Scott

Link to PDF: TeacherGuide



Book: An Education in Evil by Cathryn van Kessel


Chapter 7 of this book focuses on Ernest Becker and TMT in the context of education. For those at universities with a subscription to Springer, the downloadable eBook is likely available through the library system.

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The Surprising Ways Death Shapes Our Lives

Braincraft (via PBS) outlines some of the foundational ideas of Ernest Becker and experiments by TMT theorists in a lighthearted, accessible way (4:06)


Flight from Death Trailer

This movie, Flight from Death, outlines key ideas and experiments from terror management theory (3:57)



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