Priming a sense of security: What goes through people's minds?

Katherine B. Carnelley*, Angela C. Rowe

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

There is a growing literature charting the positive personal and interpersonal effects of security priming. Security primes enhance self- and relationship views, and even evaluations of outgroups, relative to control primes. We examine how security priming is experienced by individuals and how its effects differ from those produced by other positive affect and relationship-related primes. We analyze the written protocols produced by individuals in different priming conditions for frequency of felt security, care, merging, agency, communion, and nostalgia words. Security priming led to thoughts related to felt security, positive care, a sense of merging with another, positive emotion, and communion; furthermore, the effects of security priming could be distinguished from the effects of positive affect and other relationship-related primes. We discuss several directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-261
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010

Structured keywords

  • Cognitive Science

Keywords

  • attachment
  • priming
  • security
  • ATTACHMENT SECURITY
  • CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS
  • SELF
  • VALUES
  • INFORMATION
  • ACTIVATION
  • NOSTALGIA
  • HEALTH

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