What Dr. Hart seems to be saying in the following study is that dismissively avoidant individuals will puff themselves up as a defense against feelings of threat. “For the independence dimension, [mortality salience] caused everybody to self-enhance, but the effect of separation on self-enhancement occurred mainly among individuals high in avoidance, who tend to use autonomy-oriented defenses such as self-enhancement as a defense rather than merge with another person or a collective entity.”

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/7762005_Attachment_self-esteem_worldviews_and_terror_management_Evidence_for_a_tripartite_security_system

There seems to be some parallel to the following study that found that outsiders respond to social rejection with heightened creativity. What do you say, Dr. Hart?

http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1622&context=articles&sei-redir=1&referer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bing.com%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Dsharon%2520kim%2520social%2520rejection%26pc%3Dcosp%26ptag%3DC1N13ABE91C7D8F5%26form%3DCONBDF%26conlogo%3DCT3210127#search=%22sharon%20kim%20social%20rejection%22

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