In my research I aim to understand threat-related phenomena using a multilevel perspective. First, I examine human reactions to severe and imminent threats. Recently, my colleagues and I have proposed social defense theory (SDT; Ein-Dor et al., 2010). SDT suggests that under conditions of severe and acute stress, individuals will respond based partly on dispositional variables. Some individuals are chronically hypervigilant and constantly alert to potential threats and dangers. Other individuals, once alerted to a threat, are likely to take protective action rapidly and effectively. A third kind of person is relationship oriented and likely to lead and manage collective efforts. Because each of these personality patterns makes important contributions in times of danger, SDT predicts that groups comprising all three kinds of people will be more effective than less heterogeneous groups when dealing with threats and dangers (early detection, rapid response, and effective cooperation).
My second line of study contributes to an understanding of effects of symbolic and existential threats, mainly mortality, as viewed from the perspective of terror management theory. I use experimental procedures to examine how existential threats lead people to engage in counter-intuitive behaviors such as self-medication and extreme violence following defeat. This work is done in collaboration with Gilad Hirschberger.
My third line of research explores the clinical aftermath of threat, either concrete or symbolic, in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder or other forms of stress-related psychopathology. I employ a longitudinal design to examine the psychopathology of ex-prisoners of the Yom Kippur war and veterans with combat stress reactions. This work is done in collaboration with Zahava Solomon and her research team.
- Evolution and Genetics
- Group Processes
- Personality, Individual Differences
- Research Methods, Assessment
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- Ein-Dor, T., Mikulincer, M., Doron, G., & Shaver, P. R. (2010). The attachment paradox: How can so many of us (the insecure ones) have no adaptive advantages? Perspectives on Psychological Science, 5, 123-141.
- Mikulincer, M., Ein-Dor, T., Solomon, Z., & Shaver, P. R. (in press). Trajectories of attachment insecurities over a 17-year period: A Latent Growth Curve analysis of the impact of war captivity and posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.
- Hirschberger, G., & Ein-Dor, T. (in press). An ever-dying people: The existential underpinnings of Israelis' perceptions of war and conflict. International Cahiers of Social Psychology.
- Horesh, D., Solomon, Z., Zerach, G., & Ein-Dor, T. (2011). Delayed-onset PTSD among war veterans: The role of life events throughout the life cycle. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 46(9), 863-870.
- Ein-Dor, T., Mikulincer, M., & Shaver, P. R. (2011). Effective reaction to danger: Attachment insecurities predict behavioral reactions to an experimentally induced threat above and beyond general personality traits. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2(5), 467-473.
- Reizer, A., Possick, H., & Ein-Dor, T. (2010). Environmental threat influences psychological distress and marital satisfaction among avoidantly attached individuals. Personal Relationships, 17(4), 585-598.
- Ein-Dor, T., Reizer, A., Shaver, P. R., & Dotan, E. (2012). Standoffish perhaps, but successful as well: Evidence that avoidant attachment can be beneficial in professional tennis and computer science. Journal of Personality, 80(3), 749-768.
- Ein-Dor, T., & Hirschberger, G. (2012). Sexual healing: Daily diary evidence that sex relieves stress for men and women in satisfying relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 29, 126-139.
- Ein-Dor, T., Mikulincer, M., & Shaver, P. R. (2011). Attachment insecurities and the processing of threat-related information: Studying the scripts involved in insecure people's coping strategies. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 78-93.
- Ein-Dor, T., Doron, G., Solomon, Z., Mikulincer, M., & Shaver, P. R. (2010). Together in pain: Attachment-related dyadic processes and posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 57, 317-327.
- Mikulincer, M., Shaver, P. R., Bar-On, N., & Ein-Dor, T. (2010). The pushes and pulls of close relationships: Attachment insecurities and relational ambivalence. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98, 450-468.
- Ginzburg, K., Ein-Dor, T., & Solomon, Z. (2010). Comorbidity of posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression: A 20-year longitudinal study of war veterans. Journal of Affective Disorders, 123, 249-257.
- Hirschberger, G., Ein-Dor, T., Caspi, A., Arzouan, Y., & Zivotofsky, A. Z. (2010). Looking away from death: Defensive attention as a form of terror management. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 172-178.
- Hirschberger, G., Pyszczynski, T., & Ein-Dor, T. (2009). Vulnerability and vigilance: Threat awareness and perceived adversary intent moderate the impact of mortality salience on intergroup violence. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 597- 607.
- Benyamini, Y., Ein-Dor, T., Solomon, Z., & Ginzburg, K. (2009). Trajectories of self-rated health among veterans: A Latent Growth Curve analysis of the impact of posttraumatic symptoms. Psychosomatic Medicine, 71, 345-352.
- Solomon, Z., Horesh, D., & Ein-Dor, T. (2009). The longitudinal course of posttraumatic stress disorder symptom clusters among war veterans. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 70, 837-843.
- Hirschberger, G., Ein-Dor, T., & Almakias, S. (2008). The self-protective altruist: Terror management and the ambivalent nature of prosocial behavior. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 666-678.
- Hirschberger, G., & Ein-Dor, T. (2006). Defenders of a lost cause: Terror management and violent resistance to the disengagement plan. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 761-769.
- Hirschberger, G., & Ein-Dor, T. (2005). Does a candy a day keep the death thoughts away? The terror management function of eating. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 27, 179-186.
- Dekel, S., Ein-Dor, T., & Solomon, Z. (2012). Posttraumatic growth and posttraumatic distress: A longitudinal study. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 4(1), 94-101.
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