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Death Anxiety

Chapter Title/Book Title

Death Anxiety

Book Title

Essays in Developmental Psychology

Editors

Randall Summers, Charles Golden, Lisa Lashley, & Erica Ailes

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Essay

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Just as humans are sentient creatures, aware of their beingness in this world, they are also cognizant of their eventual and inevitable death. With this knowledge comes the natural dread and anxiety associated with being aware that on any given day one will cease to exist. Indeed, one of the fundamental existential conflicts, or causes for existential angst, is the tension caused when an individual is aware of their inevitable death while also yearning for their continued life. Just as anxiety is a natural emotion, so too, is the anxiety surrounding death and its associated existential conflict.

Keywords

anxiety, beingness, death anxiety, humans, inevitable death, terminal illness, worry

Publication Date

2020

Disciplines

Psychology

Comments

This is one in a collection of essays as part of a project that began as an encyclopedia of developmental psychology coordinated by Dr. Randall Summers. However, for unforeseen reasons, the publisher was no longer in a position to publish the encyclopedia. This project was undertaken so that thousands of hours of work by psychologists would not go wasted. Enjoy these essays and feel free to cite them using the proper format.

Submit suggestions for corrections and topics to goldench@nova.edu.

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